Technically, Thursday's Game 4 at Detroit was not a "must-win" for the Blackhawks. Even if they lost, they'd still have a chance to win the series. However, being 3-1 would make them very uncomfortable, and thus they needed to play with a high degree of desperation. How'd they do? RedEye tracked the game on our desperation meter

(Scale of 0 to 5. In this case, the more desperate the Hawks looked and played, the better.)

FIRST PERIOD

Before the game even started, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville shook up the lines. We can dig it—no sense in sticking with something that doesn't work.

How desperate? 3

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a big save on Jonathan Toews, who tries to go five-hole on a two-on-one break. Oh, so close to seizing control before anyone blinked.

How desperate? 4

Michal Handzus gets to a loose puck in front of the Red Wings net … and can't find a way to beat Howard. Hawks fan have seen this before. And hated it.

How desperate? 3

A turnover in Hawks zone almost leads to a Red Wings goal, but Corey Crawford bails out his teammates with a stick save on Niklas Kronwall. Whew!

How desperate? 1

Patrick Sharp who finds himself one-on-one with Howard, who stonewalls him, too. All these missed opportunities might bite the Hawks in the you-know-what.

How desperate? 4

Tough guys Dan Cleary and Bryan Bickell exchange words. They want to exchange punches, but the linesmen hold them back. Brave guys, those linesmen.

How desperate? 3

Score: Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 0

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SECOND PERIOD

Early in the period, Nick Leddy finally beats Howard ... but clangs it off the inside of the goal post. Maybe these goals aren't regulation size …

How desperate? 4

Corey Crawford comes up with a pair of rapid-fire saves while the Hawks are shorthanded. Uh, this is not how things should be going when you have the man advantage, fellas.

How desperate? 1

In the scariest moment for the Hawks to this point, the puck crawls over Crawford's pads and lands in front of him, lingering there for a virtual eternity. Luckily, he covers it up before the Wings can score.

How desperate? 1

With just one second left on the second Toews penalty of the period, Jakub Kindl drills one past Crawford to give Detroit a 1-0 lead. If the Hawks weren't desperate enough before, they had better be now.

How desperate? 0

Michael Frolik turns on the jets while the Hawks are shorthanded and creates not one, not two, but three shots on goal. Unfortunately for the Hawks, none of them go in.

How desperate? 4

Score: Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0

 

THIRD PERIOD

Andrew Shaw—maybe the feistiest Hawk of them all—gives Howard a snow shower, then shoves a Red Wing after the whistle. So the Hawks look ANGRY, but that might not be enough.

How desperate? 1

First two Wings combine to stop Toews on a potential breakaway, then Johnny Oduya races back to stop one for Detroit. Maybe, just maybe, this is a sign the Hawks are finally speeding things up?

How desperate? 2

Let's face it, the Wings would be screwed without Howard. He stops Dave Bolland after a great pass on a two-one-one rush. Hope is fading … fading … fading …

How desperate? 4

CLAAAAANG! The Hawks hit another post. Michal Handzus this time.

How desperate? 4

Brandon Saad breaks in alone on Howard and … sadly, you know how this ends.

How desperate? 4

Sixty minutes. Zero goals. A 3-1 series deficit. Um, good luck in Game 5.

How desperate? 0

Final score: Red Wings 2, Blackhawks 0

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