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Detroit makes playoffs for 23rd straight season

Detroit makes playoffs for 23rd straight season

PLAYOFF BOUND: Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm (43) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter (16) chases during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – 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.

BLUE JACKETS ARE PLAYOFF BOUND

(Reuters) – The Columbus Blue Jackets are back in the NHL playoffs for the first time in five years after a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars ended their drought on Wednesday.

Columbus shot out of the gates with three first-period goals. Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves and took a shutout into the third period to make sure the Blue Jackets prevailed.

Columbus (42-31-7), who grabbed the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, were last in the post-season in 2009 when they were swept by Detroit.

With this just their second playoff appearance in franchise history, the Blue Jackets are still searching for their first post-season win.

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