It's not impossible. Playoff momentum can change suddenly without explanation. There's some reassurance that the hockey gods HAVE to tilt the "puck luck" of this series' first four games at least slightly in the Red Wings' favor for Game 5.
But when luck becomes your last hope, maybe it's time the Wings and a city spoiled by their success for two decades finally address an inescapable question.
Is it over?
I'm not simply referring to a single loss shy of a playoff season ending prematurely for the third straight year.
Is IT over?