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Red Wings make it 23 consecutive playoff appearances

Apr 9, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

The Detroit Red Wings continue to add to their franchise record for most consecutive playoff appearances. The number is now up to 23.

The Red Wings, ravaged by injuries, including to some of their top players, for a good chunk of this season, clinched a spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs with a single point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Riley Sheahan scored for the Red Wings with 1:15 remaining in the third period to even it up at three goals apiece, and helping send this to overtime, securing that valuable single point.

“This is a big game for us. We might be playing them next week, so we want to do everything we can to play right and give ourselves a chance to win the game,” said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, as per The Detroit News.

  1. charlieconway96 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Yowza, that shoot out goal from the Pens was flukey.

    • chanceoffleury - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      The whole shootout was a little weird. The goalies left the net wide open on 3 occasions and on all 3 chances the players couldn’t get the puck an inch off the ice, Fleury made 2 super sporadic (albeit creative) saves, and then Jokinen with the flukey goal to finish it off. Alls well that ends well I guess. Pens get the w and Detroit gets their 23rd playoff berth. See ya in the playoffs! It’ll be just like old times. 😉

    • handsofsweed - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      No doubt. Incredibly, it was even more flukey than the goal that sent the game to OT to begin with.

  2. billiam55 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    amazing. kudos to babcock and all the players for not giving up! fun team to watch.

  3. penzfan329 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Fleury with the shootout save of the year!!

    • 101starmymedic - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Pssh, flop around like a wet noodle and make a lucky save. I don’t call that skill at all.

  4. bozgood - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Flukey goal in the shootout. You can’t fault the Monster for that one. Just happy to see the Wings get the point. From here, I’m not real sure positioning really matters. They are going to have their hands full. Should be fun to watch.

  5. polegojim - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Amazing effort to get it done – couldn’t be more proud.

    In 3 more games, the real work begins!


  6. kicksave1980 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    I have a lifelong hatred for the Red Wings, but when I was spending all of my time in a half-full United Center a decade+ ago, they were always the team that I wanted the Hawks to emulate (from a front office standpoint). I say this with nothing but respect…Red Wings fans born after the mid-80’s have no idea how good they have had it. Truly a model organization for the rest of the league to follow. Congrats Wings fans on the continuation of an impressive streak.

    And now I need to take a shower. I feel dirty giving that type of praise to the Wings. 😉

    • dtownbeatdown - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      It feels wrong to agree with a hawks fan… I was born in 86 and I know for damn sure we are spoiled. At the same rate the wings have been the one positive thing in a very negatively portrayed city.

      • oldfatbaldguy - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        I was born in Detroit in 1958 and remember when nobody chanted “Red Wings suck!” because doing so would be to belabor the obvious.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:47 AM

        Hey Old, I’m older but still have a little hair. I vividly recall the Leafs beating the Wings in the 1963 Finals and gaining even more respect for Mr. Hockey when, in defeat, he praised my Leafs, “There’s not a rotten apple in the barrel.” Congrats to his winged wheel descendants.
        Meanwhile, the Habs no longer hold the record playoff streak like they used to at 24 years, as the Bruins blasted that away at 29. But some of us recall that the Habs had a run of making the playoffs 45 times in 46 years, from 1949 through 1994. And the one year they missed, 1970, they tied NYR in points for the final spot, and had the identical W-L-T record, so they had to go to the second tiebreaker, most goals, and the Rangers had 2 more than Montreal. On the last day of the season, playing in Chicago, they knew they could lose but if they scored 5 goals, they’d be in. So they pulled their goalie for most of the 3rd period but could not get it done against Tony Esposito, and gave up a bunch to lose 10-2 (the first time they’d allowed 10 in a game in 28 years; it didn’t happen again for 14 years). That close. That close to, probably, a 46 year streak.

    • jeffchadwick - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      I’m old enough to remember the Wings of the 70’s and 80’s. There was a time where 23 straight years of NOT making the playoffs seemed like it was in the cards.

  7. jhuck92 - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    how cool would it be to see a CHI-DET Stanley Cup Final for the first time ever. Let’s keep this cross-conference rivalry going!

    • polegojim - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Or how about Red Wings v Avs???

      • toiletclown - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:19 AM

        Good luck dreaming the Wings will get out of the first round.

      • polegojim - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        You still struggling to be right toilet?

      • timmmah10 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        I wouldn’t count any chickens yet, and this is coming from a Wings fan. They will be competitive, but to call a stanley cup run shot at this point is a bit ahead of the curve.

        Avs/Wings isn’t even a rivalry anymore, I would love a Chicago/Wings final, but let’s let the chips fall first.

  8. dtownbeatdown - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    And the haters are silenced once again. I was 4 when this streak started. And have been lucky enough to see 4 cups… No doubt, me and every wings fan are spoiled.

    • timmmah10 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      As a Wings fan, I disagree with the “Haters” comment. Rarely have the wings had a “hated” player, and the “hate” which you speak of is more or less displaced respect from other team’s fans.

      It’s like any successful team, eventually you hit the barrier of other team’s fans getting sick of seeing the successful team win.

      For example: I do it with the Yankees/BoSox. If the Cubs ever win a few WS, I would probably “hate” the crap out of them because their fans would be insufferable. But that comes from respecting those fans for sticking through the tough times.

      The wings are playing with house money now. Keeping the streak met my expectations for this injury plagued season. Any playoff success is just a welcomed bonus, IMO.

      • dtownbeatdown - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        No you are right, maybe “haters” was the wrong terminology here. I guess what I meant is their are a lot of people that do no like the fact that we continue to win. I also do it with the Yankees/BoSox/And add the dodgers now, but at the same rate I am being bias because now the Tigers are spending some big money too. But that really is not a good comparison, because even before the salary cap it is not like we had the money baseball spends on their players, and we definitely did not have the money the Yankees spend.

        If you go through comments just as short as 3 weeks ago, there were many doubters, and fans of other teams pretty much saying we are terrible which I found asinine. I mean I was in Chicago in mid March and every time I go to the united center post 2007, I am greeted with obnoxious over the top fan base that is quite new to the winning ways again and It is quite annoying. I give this team and Babcock more credit then I ever have before due to what they had to work with.

        Even with the salary cap, you can ask a player that is on the trading block who they would like to go to and majority of them will have Detroit in mind. Not only for our winning ways, I think we have much more class and integrity than a lot of fan bases as fans and as an organization. But again this is just in my opinion. Good post.

  9. c9castine - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    first of all, shootouts are lame, let that be declared.

    second, tough luck on that shootout goal. at least fleury made some great saves, and gustavson too on crosby for some entertainment.

    playing detroit is always good fun. its always excellent, well executed hockey and always closely contested. lots of past with that.

    congrats to detroit on the streak i never doubted that. they score 3 goals by being oppurtunistic and coming in waves…they would get outplayed for 5 minutes or so and then just dominate the offensive zone for 2 shifts here and there. they utilize their defense really well. would be a great well played series.

    solid game from the pens and playing a couple more games for guys like letang, bennett, and martin will be great. malkin will come back and dominate like he always does.

    but one game at a time.

  10. qauzaq - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    All I can say is this feels right haha.

  11. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Let’s go red wings!!!!

  12. titansbro - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Haters? Lol, most rational people have a deep respect for the Red Wings. The other people need not concern you.

  13. redwings248 - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:48 AM


  14. 2qswing - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Not a RW fan but you gotta respect a record like this AND the job that coaching staff did this year. Not only are they in the playoffs again but they are a legitimate threat. Nobody wants to play them.

  15. 11111111111a22 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    If Jimmy Howard gets hot, it’s Cinderella time.

  16. restohpens - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    To everyone saying Jussi’s goal was flukey, it was, but if you had actually watched the game the Wings game tying goal was also flukey as all hell, let alone the goal when Fluery had a Red Wing player on top of him. I think the boys deserved this one and persevered through a crazy game.

    Of we do face the Wings in the first round it is going to be one wild series.

    • shoobiedoobin - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      And Neal’s second goal wasn’t? Hell, their first goal shouldn’t have happened due to it being a massive dive. Should’ve been 2 on Pitt not Det.

      Either way, Pitt looked like a mess in their own end. Detroit outplayed them soundly and lost in a coin flip.

      • c9castine - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        stop crying.

    • c9castine - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      the sheahan goal was BS. clearly shoved into fluery with his right arm see it clearly on the overhead replay. but whatever. weird bounce on their first goal, players there need to be more aware though. their tying goal was also pretty wild…but they put traffic in front of the net and thats how they score their goals.

      there was nothing flukey about the penguins working the puck around and james neal stepping in and taking a slapshot towards low far corner. it did hit dekeyser and change direction a bit but thats the difference in most powerplay goals outside the circles.

      this all means nothing though. who you think outplayed who means nothing. in the format given, pens win, 4-3.

      • shoobiedoobin - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        I like how Detroit was flukey, but when Neal’s shot –>randomly<– bounces off of two legs and barely goes in, it's just "part of hockey". LOL.

        You can just tell some people would argue against the sky being blue due to those yellow tinted glasses.

      • c9castine - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        oh youll have to point out where i said detroits goal was flukey. see, im reading words, one after another just like i should, and i just dont see it.

        i disagreed with sheahans goal, but said whatever. it happens sometimes like that.

        and i said they got some wild bounces, but that the pens needed to be more aware of the puck, and that detroit puts bodies to the net, creates traffic and thus they score.

        shots from outside the circle, on the powerplay especially, that take a bounce or two and sneak inside posts are a BIG part of hockey.

        your telling me about tinted glasses yet your reading words that arent there simply because you want to argue.

      • shoobiedoobin - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        You’re still telling me a random double bounce at a bad angle isn’t flukey.

        Big shock.

      • c9castine - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        keep pushing buddy. your doing great.

      • shoobiedoobin - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        …my doing great?

    • timmmah10 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      The goal where a wing was on top of the goalie was also a great shot. Fleury would have been hard pressed to make that save, through the screen, if Orpik (i think that was the dman) didn’t push a wing player into his own goalie.

      The game tying goal was amazingly flukey. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a deflection bounce the way that one did, it even went off the crossbar.

      Either way, based on the recent games against Boston and Pitt, the Wings opening series is going to be very very entertaining.

  17. shoobiedoobin - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    This is the biggest reason I don’t want to play Pittsburgh or Montreal, should it come to that-diving and favoritism. Those two teams get away with murder and dive all over, with the stripes buying every bit of it hook line and sinker.

    • c9castine - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      red wings are well known for their ability to get away with interference.

      favoritism is a word that comes from a kid.

      • shoobiedoobin - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        favoritism comes from the english dictionary, the same one that could’ve taught you to spell you’re. every team runs pick plays. literally every single one. this isn’t 1995 anymore.

  18. pwshrugged - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    The kids did it. Babcock and those kids did it.

    What no one is realizing, either, is how well-poised the Wings are for the future now. Almost $12-15M comes off the books this offseason when Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Legwand, Alfie, Cleary, and Gustavsson hit free agency. And the cap goes up. Sure, we still wish we could buyout Weiss. Sure, we’ll spend most of that locking the kids up and getting a new backup goalie (unless we go internal). But all in all, this season has been a huge blessing in disguise. So much young rising, and so many of the veterans who really didn’t fit anymore can be let go. As much as I might like some of the guys above, they just don’t fit anymore.

    The streak feels safe for years to come.

  19. thebigwhitecat - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    As a Hawks fan, it wouldn’t be the SC playoffs without the Red Wings. Congratulations!

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