In what may go down in history as one of the most impressive streaks in the NHL and professional sports, the Detroit Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive trip to the playoffs after receiving a point in tonight’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime.
Penguins beat Red Wings in SO, 4-3. Detroit clinches 23rd straight playoff berth, longest active streak in 4 major North American sports.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 10, 2014
The 23rd trip was a grueling and arduous task as Mike Babcock’s team has had to do it without the efforts of its captain Henrik Zetterberg for a bulk of the season and assistant captain Pavel Datsyuk who has missed a giant chunk of the season with injury.
However, the team pressed on through a litany of injuries which also claimed Jimmy Howard and Johan Franzen, among others as victims this season and saw a new star emerge in Gustav Nyquist who helped catapult the team into the postseason with his breakout season.
The Wings currently are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for the sixth spot with 91 points, but because of the new seeding format in the NHL cant pass the Flyers because they’re in a different division, so a first round matchup awaits with the Penguins.