ROMULUS — The Wings have never won a playoff series after losing the first three games, going 0-10 all-time.
They will try and do so Thursday night in San Jose.
“We certainly have good momentum,” Detroit forward Danny Cleary said prior to boarding a flight to San Jose at Metro Airport. “We’ve played well. Last game was probably our best effort. We’re getting contributions from different players and our goaltender is still playing great. That’s a good sign.”
In Game 6 Tuesday, the Wings scored three unanswered goals to remain alive in the postseason after a 3-1 win.
“Experience helped us last night, not getting down after they scored that first goal,” Cleary said. “We stayed the course. It was a huge game.”
They also scored three unanswered third period goals in Game 5, erasing a two-goal deficit in the process.
Detroit had been swept in all but two of the series it trailed 0-3 – taking Toronto to seven games in the 1945 Stanley Cup Finals and last year extending San Jose to five games before their season ended after a 2-1 defeat.
“Everything is thrown out now,” Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi said. “It’s one game. Winner takes all. I like where we’re at. We just have to make sure to dictate the pace of play right off the hop and take it to them hard.”
Only three teams have come back after going down 0-3 in a series to win — the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (vs. Detroit in the finals), the 1975 New York Islanders (vs. Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals) and the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers (vs. Boston in the conference semifinals).