The Wings appear to have packed it in. The game tying goal by the Sharks in the 3rd period sucked the life out of them. Their body language in the OT had "give up" written all over it.
That was my reaction, too. They just gave up. To look on the bench, there wasn't steely resolve, just disappointment and frustration.
But there are a lot of variables at stake tomorrow:
1) The games have all been close, that alone shows they might be able to win a game.
2) Calling in Ritola could create a second Abdelkader Effect and inspire the team to step it up a notch.
With one win under their belt, they could regain confidence. Then it's off to San Jose for a tough game, but it's just one game. San Jose, despite dominating at times, has never been able to truly put the Wings away, despite being up 3-0, this series could easily be 3-0 the other way.
Start off with one win tomorrow and the confidence slowly streams back as San Jose starts worrying about choking again.
Again, chances are the series is over, but if the Wings could win tomorrow, that would increase their chances of winning the next game one would think, and with a 3-2 series it IS possible they could win another 2.
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