DETROIT — The Wings have given the Blackhawks something they haven’t had to face this lockout-shortened season … adversity.
Chicago began the season 21-0-3, an NHL record, and all but coasted to the Presidents’ Trophy.
“I think all year long we’ve been in a very favorable position,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “I don’t think we’ve been against it in any areas as far as many stretches in games being down or definitely in a series we haven’t been down.”
The Blackhawks, who trail Detroit 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, needed five games to eliminate Minnesota in the first round.
“It’s a great test for us, it’s a good challenge for us,” Quenneville said. “The adversity that we’re in right now we’ve got to find a way to overcome it and it will be a good challenge at the end of the day to find out about everybody.”