Detroit Red Wings Reach NHL Playoffs for 23rd Straight Season

Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his third goal of the Toronto Maple Leafs during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre March 29, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Abelimages/Getty Images North America)
Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his third goal of the Toronto Maple Leafs during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre March 29, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Abelimages/Getty Images North America)

The Detroit Red Wings extended the longest playoff streak in the NHL as they punched their ticket to the post-season despite a 4-3 shootout loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

The Red Wings needed only a point to reach the playoffs for a 23rd straight season, the last time they failed to make it coming in 1990.

Detroit have had to fight through various injuries this campaign to reach their familiar spot.

Tied with sixth-place Philadelphia on 91 points, the Red Wings (38-27-15) are still battling for positioning with just two games remaining.

SOURCE: Reuters
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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