The stakes of Game 5 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings on Saturday prompted a curious nugget of wisdom from Mike Babcock earlier in the day.
“I don’t know how they could be any more desperate or any more scared than we are,” the Red Wings skipper said. “A little fear, I think, is a wonderful thing to help you do your job in life.”
This is apparently so, because the Hawks were in a particularly terrifying situation and then thrived at the United Center. Andrew Shaw had two goals and Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell also scored to help the Hawks stave off elimination with a 4-1 victory over the Wings. The series now stands at 3-2 in favor of the Wings with Game 6 on Monday night in Detroit.