Saturday, April 9, 2016

Detroit Extends Post-Season Run to 25 Years

The Detroit Red Wings started Saturday in control of their own destiny. In the end they needed a little help to reach the playoffs for a record 25th consecutive season. But that help came in the form of Ottawa's 6-1 victory over the Bruins at TD Garden, and it enabled the Wings to stretch their run of post-season appearances despite their off-kilter, head-scratching 3-2 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The Red Wings, who finished 41-30-11 in Jeff Blashill's first season as coach, are now set to head to Tampa Bay for a first-round series. They defeated the Lightning in seven games in the first round last season.

"It's a new season now, and you know what? You just go out there and you just play," said goaltender Jimmy Howard after the game. When told that some people would say that Red Wings had backed into the playoffs, Howard replied "They can say whatever they want. We're in the playoffs. That's all we care about."

The Red Wings streak is the longest active post-season in North American sports. The last time they didn't qualify for the playoffs was the 1989-90 season.

Find out more about what the world was like the last time the Wings missed the playoffs here.