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DETROIT - MAY 10:  in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT – MAY 10: in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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There is something about a great comeback that stirs emotion far greater than a rout ever could.

Being on the brink of defeat. Fighting back when repeatedly down. Those are the tests of a team’s true character, not necessarily when all is going smoothly.

If the Red Wings do go on to capture the Stanley Cup championship this season – and that remains a big “if” at this point – their series against the San Jose Sharks will define them.

As is, it epitomizes a franchise that is unrelenting in its competitive spirit.

Down in the third period, the Red Wings rallied once more to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Tuesday. Once behind three games to none in the series, they have forced a Game 7 in San Jose on Thursday.

Impossible became improbable, and perhaps now a reality.
There is something about a great comeback that stirs emotion far greater than a rout ever could.

Being on the brink of defeat. Fighting back when repeatedly down. Those are the tests of a team’s true character, not necessarily when all is going smoothly.

If the Red Wings do go on to capture the Stanley Cup championship this season – and that remains a big “if” at this point – their series against the San Jose Sharks will define them.

As is, it epitomizes a franchise that is unrelenting in its competitive spirit.

Down in the third period, the Red Wings rallied once more to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Tuesday. Once behind three games to none in the series, they have forced a Game 7 in San Jose on Thursday.

Impossible became improbable, and perhaps now a reality.

It’s incredibly difficult to win a Game 7 on the road. Don’t believe it? Just ask the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. They rallied from a three games to nothing deficit against Vancouver in the opening round of these playoffs – and were beaten in Game 7 on the road.

It has been done before, though. Only three times in Stanley Cup history have teams rallied down three games to none to win a series. Two of those teams – the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 and the New York Islanders in 1975 – won Game 7 on the road.

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