DETROIT -- Jimmy Howard said it's all about the chance awaiting the Red Wings in less than 48 hours.
"These are moments we dream about," Howard said.
Just six days earlier, however, it was more like a waking nightmare for the Red Wings.
The San Jose Sharks won three straight games and had such a stranglehold on this Western Conference Semifinal series. All signs pointed to a second straight defeat of the Red Wings in the playoffs, and more people were getting nostalgic thinking about the possibility of Nicklas Lidstrom playing the final game of his illustrious NHL career.