Apr 9, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Riley Sheahan (left center) celebrates his third period goal with right wing Tomas Jurco (left) and left wing Tomas Tatar (21) and defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings: And The Streak Goes On For A 23rd Year

It came down to the wire but the Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive year.  Going into the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night, the Wings needed just one point to clinch a playoff spot.

Late in the third period it looked as if the Wings would have to wait another night until Riley Sheahan netted the equalizer tying the game 3-3. The Wings went on to lose in overtime but just getting to overtime was enough to earn the point needed to extended the playoff streak.

Young Stars Lead The Way

Once again it was the developing Red Wings Stars that lead the way to victory.  Riley Sheahan’s 7th goal of the year was the difference for the Wings in this game but Tomas Jurco, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar all contributed point in the game.  With Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm all missing time down the stretch it has been the Wings young stars that have carried them into the playoffs.  The bodes well for the Wings Stanley cup chances with a possible return of Henrik Zetterberg in the playoffs.

Masterful Coaching

This could be the best year of head coach Mike Babcock’s career.  After the team was decimated by injuries, Babcock found a way to keep the team motivated and keep the offense producing. It should be a very exciting run the Stanley Cup playoffs this season.

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