Yes, Toews. You guys really are down 3-1. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

Yes, Toews. You guys really are down 3-1. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

Editors Note: Sorry for no Boxing for this one. The site I pull the box scores from was down. Hopefully there’s a game Monday, and I’ll be able to have Boxing for that one.

Here’s a quick rundown of some regular-season occurrences that have proven to mean nothing during this series.

♦   The Blackhawks didn’t lose to the Red Wings in four meetings.

♦   The ‘Hawks weren’t held to just one goal in back-to-back games all season.

♦   The Blackhawks weren’t shut out in any of the 48 games.

♦   The ‘Hawks won the President’s Trophy. Detroit needed to win its final four regular-season games just to make the playoffs as a No. 7 seed.

And here are two that need to matter now:

♦   The Blackhawks won at least three straight games five times this season.

♦   Detroit lost at least three in a row three times.

We begged, we pleaded, we hoped for the classic Chicago-Detroit playoff meeting before the Wings dart off to the Eastern Conference next season. Not just because of nostalgia, but because the Blackhawks were far and away the better team in terms of talent and overall depth.

Then, we told you to calm down after the Game 3 loss. And then we told you not to fret, because the Blackhawks are a great hockey team.

Now?

Well, we may want to hold off a bit on those “DE-TROIT SUCKS!” chants during Game 5 at the United Center on Saturday.

The Blackhawks turned the rest of this series into Game 7 with an are-you-fucking-kidding-me 2-0 loss at The Joe in Game 4, pissing away a solid first period and allowing a Jakub Kindl goal after one of three Jonathan Toews penalties in the second to fall behind 3-1 in the series.

Many predicted this to be a five-game series, and many of us still may be correct, unfortunately. This deficit would be disappointing no matter what, but the fact that the Blackhawks are forced to win three straight against their bitter rivals before they head to the East with no chance for redemption makes it that much worse.

Taking a step back, though, there’s definitely some gloom – but the doom comes with a fourth loss. It’s only been three, and there are some good things. For instance, Corey Crawford is having a great series overall. I know there are people out there who believe Ray Emery should be in net for Game 5. So, if you happen to come across one of those people, please do the proper thing – jump-kick them in the teeth and put them in a figure-four leg lock as if you were Greg “The Hammer” Valentine”. If you are one of those people, then let someone inflict harm on you,, because you deserve it for being dumb. Or just do it to yourself.

Also, the Corsi ratings show the ‘Hawks are carrying the majority of the play 5-on-5. That’s great and all, but what has that gotten the ‘Hawks? One win. Out of four games. I can write up and down about how the ‘Hawks are putting pressure on a supposedly weak Detroit defensive corps and that means there’s reason for optimism, but what leg would I have to stand on when they’ve lost three of four playing this way? Things are going to change, you say? Why? I’m not saying you’re wrong, but tell me why?

You know those Boers and Bernstein callers who say, “I think so and so is going to happen.” And they respond with, “Why? I’m asking you why. Just tell me why?” And the idiot on the other end goes, “I just… I just think so.” And then B & B responds with, “That’s not a good enough reason.” That’s how I feel when reading and hearing some of the optimism out there with no context behind it. Essentially, you’re telling us the ‘Hawks need to keep playing the same way and they’ll win three straight, even though they’ve lost three straight playing this way. It’s tough to swallow, let alone try and comprehend.

Again, I’m not saying this series is over by any means. But I’m also not saying it’s going seven games. Why? Because there’s absolutely no reason for me to make a prediction on the results just changing simply because they will and that’s the reason. If the ‘Hawks can lose three straight carrying the play, they sure as shit can lose a fourth.

Toews is so frustrated it’s painful to watch. Henrik Zetterberg is making his life a living hell, and Toews is wilting. The three consecutive penalties weren’t what made me write this. It was the 2-on-1 in the third period where he attempted to pass it off rather than taking the clear path to the net and firing the puck past Jimmy Howard like he normally would. It really is a sad thing to watch, and he knows he needs to step up his game if the ‘Hawks are going to have any chance in hell of coming back.

Also, I’m in shock that Nick Leddy played only 8:38. I mean, wow. Brent Seabrook played just over 12. Dave Bolland? Fewer than 13 minutes. I don’t know if the minutes will look like that in Game 5, but the one thing I don’t understand is trading Leddy’s PP time for Michal Rozsival.

Oh, and Wings hold a 131-112 edge in faceoff wins. It ended up being 31-29 on Thursday, but it sure didn’t seem that close.

Other than that, I don’t really know what to say. I know that it may be difficult to gather, but I do hold some optimism. The Blackhawks didn’t dominate this season because it was a fluke. That team is in there somewhere. Whether or not they can bring it out in time is another question.

Simply, this whole series has seemed to defy logic, and the Red Wings are the beneficiaries. The ‘Hawks are more talented, they’re deeper, they’re faster and they hold the edge in nearly every facet of the game. But they’re behind on the scoreboard, and that’s where it counts.

The first Game 7 is Saturday, and a win is necessary to get it to another Game 7 on Monday. The actual Game 7 seems so far away right now. And that’s fine. There’s no better time to use the cliche, “Take it one game at a time.”

That may be all the ‘Hawks have left, after all.