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Streak lives: Detroit clinches playoff berth, will face Anaheim

Apr 27, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 27: Jonathan Ericsson #52 and the Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on April 27, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Detroit might not be viewed as a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup, but the team in transition has extended its postseason appearance streak to a remarkable 22 consecutive seasons. That’s the fifth longest stretch in NHL history.

The Red Wings were consistently mediocre in their first season without retired team captain Nicklas Lidstrom. However, with their backs against the wall, they fought back with four straight victories, including tonight’s 3-0 victory over Dallas.

Henrik Zetterberg stepped up with two goals and an assist tonight, giving him a remarkable 10 points over the winning streak.

The seventh seed Detroit Red Wings will face the Anaheim Ducks. These two teams have a lengthy playoff history. Since the 2004–05 lockout, Detroit has lost to Anaheim in six games in 2007 and defeated them in seven games in 2009. This season they lost against Anaheim in February, only to sweep a two-game series against them in late March.

The pressure will be on the Ducks going after their remarkable season, but Detroit, with its wealth of postseason experience, could make things interesting.

  1. canucks30 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    You forget the 2003 Playoff Series where Anaheim swept Detroit one year after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup with one of the greatest lineups in NHL history.

    • dancz - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      No team can win the Cup every year. Just like the (insert ANY/EVERY year here) Canucks team that also failed to win the Cup.

      • canucks30 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    • polegojim - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      Sour grapes C-30??? PLEASE… I was hoping you had at least ONE gracious bone in your body… but evidently not.

      Countem C30 – 22… in… a… row… WITH several Stanley Cups during the journey… you know the one… it’s Silver with the Championship Teams names etched on it.

      GREAT Red Wings Win!

      • dancz - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        If only I could find a Detroit celebration like that one to reply with. If only there was one, or two, or three, or four of them to choose from.

      • canucks30 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        Not sour at all.

        Congratulations on Detroit’s streak and good luck in the playoffs.

        I just would have preferred Columbus instead.

        This is one of my favourite goals of all time:

        I was actually quite happy when Detroit won their first Cup in 42 years in 1997 and again in 1998 for Konstantinov.

        As for the Mighty Ducks video I was simply point long out it was worth mentioning as Datsyuk and Zetterberg were on that team and the Ducks were coached by Mike Babcock.

        Good luck to Detroit in the playoffs.

      • canucks30 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:44 AM

        Not sour at all.

        Congratulations on Detroit’s streak and good luck in the playoffs.

        I just would have preferred Columbus instead.

        This is one of my favourite goals of all time:

        I was actually quite happy when Detroit won their first Cup in 42 years in 1997 and again in 1998 for Konstantinov.

        As for the Mighty Ducks video I was simply pointing out that it was worth mentioning as Datsyuk and Zetterberg were on that team and the Ducks were coached by Mike Babcock.

        Good luck to Detroit in the playoffs.

  2. elwaysmilehighdenver - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Never count out the Redwings. Hockeytown has the heart of a champion!

  3. 0ffsides - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Let’s Go Red Wings!

  4. bensawesomeness - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Haters gunna hate, but they’ve actually played some of their best hockey this week, and consistently played their best against the best in the west.

    Against Chicago 0-1-3 ( we sucked at shootouts but played very well against them )
    LA 2-1
    Anaheim 2-1
    Vancouver 2-1 ( including an 8-3 and something like 6-2 )

    I’m not about to sit here and say their names will be on the Silver Chalice after June’s over, but they can do some damage and surprise some people

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    2 weeks ago I asked where the leadership on this team was? Let there be no question after today, Z was outstanding, Datsyuk is one of the best of all time, jimmy is lights out and Franzen willed us into the playoffs. The streak shouldn’t mean anything but I feel it does. Detroit looks dangerous. I always hate playing a scrappy team who fought their way in, now I get to cheer for that team.

  6. hockeydon10 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Just read this interesting bit of trivia that puts the streak into perspective (by Nick Cotsonika).

    “No player in the NHL today was in the league the last time the Wings missed the playoffs. Nine of the *franchises* in the NHL today weren’t in the league the last time the Wings missed the playoffs.”

    • valoisvipers - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Jagr has been in the league for Detroit’s entire playoff streak but not before and missed a few playing overseas.

      • imauggiedoggie - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        …no wait ~ go after him mr holland if jagr is still available NEXT year?

    • imauggiedoggie - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      …which means holland WON’T go after any ‘old’ guys ~ he has enough!

  7. clefty1 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Some seem to forget that the Wings have lost 3 of their top 4 defensemen over the past few seasons. This team stepped up, the leaders ( Pav, Z, Franzen and Howard) led the way and for players such as Smith, Nyquist, Andersson, Dekeyser, Emmerton and Kindl it gives them some much needed experience playing in tight playoff type games. The Wings are for this playoff season a lower seeded team that a higher seeded team does not want to face, they are in playoff mode now… GO WINGS!!!

  8. dtownbeatdown - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Everyone on the wings got hot at the right time. Our points may not be impressive, but what stands out to me in this shortened season… we were without many D men, and having injury riddled offensive players as well. We have a kid 30 days fresh out of college and is looking like a seasoned vet. We have a goalie that stands on his head when the pressure mounts, and 2 of the best offense players the NHL has to offer. We have a team all formed in the Red Wings organization besides one (Quincey), we didn’t make any moves this year and that would make us the only elite team under the salary cap next year. All I know now is we are the scariest looking 7th seed I have seen in a while. We all know how the 8th seed did last year. We are on a 4 game win streak, and winning our last two against Anaheim I am feeling quite confident in them.

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