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.)


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



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