Red Wings admit there's 'a big hill to climb'

Red Wings admit there's 'a big hill to climb'
April 26, 2014, 8:45 am
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BOSTON -- The Bruins overcame a two-goal deficit to win Game 4 of their playoff series in Detroit. Now the Red Wings must overcome a two-game deficit to keep their season alive.

The Bruins won 3-2 in overtime Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven, first-round matchup.

The Red Wings get their chance to turn it around Saturday on the road.

But it's not a great chance against the team that won the Presidents' Trophy for the NHL's best record this season, has won three straight games, and had just seven regulation losses at home in the regular season.

"Obviously we're frustrated, but the series isn't over," Detroit's Luke Glendening said. "We still have an opportunity, but we've got a big hill to climb here."

The Red Wings lost both games at home after splitting the first two in Boston. 

"They're a really, really good team," Detroit's Niklas Kronwall said, "but, at the same time, we didn't really take care of business. We've got to keep it a little bit more simple in some areas."

The Red Wings expect Jimmy Howard back in goal after he was a late scratch due to the flu in Game 4. Jonas Gustavsson made his playoff debut and played well.

Pavel Datsyuk and Kronwall gave Detroit a 2-0 lead in the second period before Boston tied it on goals by Torey Krug midway through the second and Milan Lucic early in the third.

Jarome Iginla was credited with the winning goal on a shot by Dougie Hamilton that he redirected in off of Detroit'sDanny DeKeyser.

The Red Wings "were very hungry. They were very good in the first period," Iginla said. "The guys in here have been through it before. There's great leadership in here."

Howard shut out the Bruins 1-0 in Game 1 but wasn't as sharp in the next two games.

Henrik Zetterberg, returning from back surgery, and Todd Bertuzzi also played for the first time in the series in Game 4.

"I think it was a step forward on the last two games," Zetterberg said. "We got the lead early and got the second (goal)."

"We have nothing to lose," Kronwall said. "We're going into Boston to win one game. That's got to be our mindset."