Be honest. When did you give up on the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks?
In the 1st period when they quickly went down 2-0? In the 2nd period when Patrick Kane put the Hawks back up 3-2? In the 3rd period when Chicago tied it back up at 4 goals apiece? In the shootout when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp stepped up and scored on the Blackhawks’ first two attempts?
I can’t blame you if you did because I started to as well. But, at least I continued watching.
The Wings could have thrown in the towel.
I mean they had plenty of excuses to do so –
- The injuries: Pavel Datsyuk, Jimmy Howard, Daniel Alfredsson, the list goes on and on.
- The opponent: Chicago is the 2nd best team in the Western Conference behind the Anaheim Ducks and a spot ahead of the St. Louis Blues, who just came into Joe Louis Arena on Monday and beat the Wings 4-1.
- The shootout woes: The Wings, entering play against Chicago, had a shootout record of 2-7 this season.
Seriously, how did these Wings beat the almighty defending Stanley Cup Champions?
By finding the one element the team has been lacking all season, resilience. The definition speaks volumes: The ability to recover quickly from difficulties or toughness.
It’s been a rough season and it’s not going to get better overnight. The Red Wings just need to keep fighting. The games are played out on the ice, not on paper. By all accounts the Blackhawks were supposed to run the Wings out of the building and at times it looked like they were going to.
This resilience mentality has to be the mindset of the organization moving forward. The injury problem isn’t going away and the competition isn’t going to get any easier.
Last night showcased that the Red Wings are up for the challenge. Are the fans?
Hang on. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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