Maybe the Red Wings learned a valuable lesson in this Game 5 Saturday, an ugly 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

It takes a certain amount of desperation, poise and execution to win a fourth game in a series — and the Red Wings weren't very good in any of those three areas.

"They played a hell of a game, from every facet of the game," goalie Jimmy Howard said. "They were better than us tonight."

During the morning skate Saturday the majority of the discussion was about weathering the expected storm the Blackhawks were sure to be unleashing early in the game.

And Chicago did have momentum early, finally scoring a goal on Bryan Bickell's putback at 14:08 of the first period.

But the Red Wings gradually regained control, tied it in the second period on Daniel Cleary's goal, but took a pair of costly penalties which led to Chicago power-play goals.

"When you don't get it (the puck) out, it's going to hurt you," defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. "We got tired and they were working on us and shot the puck and got pucks back, too. They were a little more hungry than we were."

From there, the Blackhawks were the dominant team.

"We were tentative at the start," coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't know if it's the situation, opportunity to close out or whatever. We were on our heels."

Chicago outshot the Red Wings 45-26, including by an amazing 17-4 in the third period. The Blackhawks never gave the Red Wings an opportunity to smell a comeback.