On Saturday night, the record for straight playoff appearances in professional sports stayed alive, as the Detroit Red Wings dominated the Dallas Stars 3-0 stretching the mark to 22 consecutive years of NHL playoff hockey for the boys from Hockeytown. Again, that’s the most consecutive playoff berths by any team in any sport. The Detroit Red Wings simply are one of the most remarkable and respected organizations in professional sports.
The NHL playoffs would just not be in the same if the Detroit Red Wings were not involved. I had no doubt they would make it. The team needed seven of a possible eight points in their remaining games to secure this spot, and made it look easy with four consecutive wins.
“When the Detroit Red Wings needed him the most, captain Henrik Zetterbergstepped up, delivering two goals and an assist as Detroit clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 22nd straight year with a 3-0 blanking of the Dallas Stars before a sellout crowd at American Airlines Center on Saturday”. NHL.com
Zetterberg has put together 10 points in his last four games. The leadership on the Detroit Red Wings is simply unmatched by any other team in the NHL. This team lives for the big game. For example, Detroit had more shots in the first period than Dallas managed all game.
The Red Wings earned the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and will face the No. 2 Anaheim Ducks in the opening round of the playoffs. The Red Wings last missed the playoffs in 1989-90.
The Anaheim Ducks were probably praying they would not have to face the mighty Red Wings. The NHL playoffs are a whole different animal, and nobody has more experience in the Detroit Red Wings. Making matters even more extremely dangerous for the Ducks, is the fact that this Red Wings club is in top gear.
The National Hockey League did all Western Conference teams a favor by moving the Detroit Red Wings East starting next season.
22 consecutive years is unbelievable, to put it in perspective I am 25. So, my whole hockey watching lifetime the Detroit Red Wings have been part of the big dance. Simply amazing. Not to mention, they have won several Stanley Cups. Really, the Detroit Red Wings have been the National Hockey League’s most outstanding franchise during this incredible stretch.