There is no margin for error as the Chicago Blackhawks face elimination from their Western Conference quarterfinals series against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Hawks will try and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Canucks when the teams face off for Game 4 on Tuesday night at the United Center. Only three teams in NHL history have ever rallied from an 0-3 deficit in a best-of-seven series to win.
"We'll take baby steps and (maybe) we can pull a miracle against the top team in the league," Hawks winger Marian Hossa said. "I know it's almost unreal but anything is possible. Every game has been pretty tight and I believe if we get the first win we can build on that."
The Hawks have held one lead in the series and coughed that up as they have been outplayed by the Canucks, who were the top team in the NHL during the regular season and haven't missed a beat in the playoffs.
"We need to have a good start," Hawks winger Troy Brouwer said. "We need to get rolling right away and just go about it slowly. Everyone says it, but one shift at a time, one period at a time. We need to make sure we're good every time we're on the ice. We have to play a tight game but we have to have a lot of energy and we have to play well."
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said is team is just focusing on what it does best and not the level of desperation coming from the Hawks.
"I'm not overly concerned about them," Vigneault said. "I'm concered about our group and what we need to do to be successful on the ice. That's how we've gotten ready for every game and that part is not going to change."