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Stanley Cup Final

Red Wings try to avoid elimination again in Game 5

Saturday, 05.07.2011 / 5:11 PM / News

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The fact that the Detroit Red Wings were skating in San Jose on Saturday offered a small glimmer of hope that maybe they might add a little more drama to the franchise's storied history.

At this point, they'll take anything they can get.

The Red Wings took an overnight flight to California after Game 4, landed in the wee hours of the morning and were back practicing before noon despite little sleep and worn-down bodies.

No time to rest now.

Only three NHL teams have overcome 3-0 deficits to win a best-of-seven series. After avoiding the embarrassment of being swept on home ice, Detroit will have to do something it failed to do last postseason to stay alive: win Game 5 at San Jose on Sunday night.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4