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The 21-Year Streak

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

It’s one of the most impressive streaks in recent NHL history: The Detroit Red Wings have gone to the playoffs in 21 straight seasons. In the 30-team era, it’s a huge (some would even say impossible) feat that speaks to the consistency of one of the league’s model franchises.

But heading into the season’s final weekend, that streak is in jeopardy. After Thursday night’s action, the Red Wings are still fighting for one of the final spots in the West.

As we try to wrap our heads around the prospect of witnessing our first NHL playoffs without the Detroit since 1990, let’s take a look back through all 21 seasons of the streak. Here are five playoff moments that Red Wings fans will remember forever, and five more that they’d probably rather forget.


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RWBill's avatar

Literally I have moist eyes.

Posted by RWBill on 04/26/13 at 06:11 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

FWIW: Imma LBing ht EDM spanking Thw Wilted at lst night’s DRW LB, last page.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/26/13 at 08:08 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

I mean ...

For What Its Worth:

Imma Lbing the EDM spanking The Wilted at last night’s DRW LB, last page.


Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/26/13 at 08:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar


Parise got checked to the ice then kicked the defender ...

WITH THE BLADE of his skate!  (could been ugly)

//not impressed//

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/26/13 at 09:16 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Literally I have moist eyes.

Yep!  Me too.

That goal by McCarty still makes me smile.  A beautiful athletic feat by a great guy. 
(note the author misspells it McCarthy)

What great memories!


Posted by w2j2 on 04/26/13 at 10:20 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

McCarty’s words:“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while…”

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/26/13 at 11:25 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

1. The McCarty goal still seems like it was yesterday
2. The Kostantinov moment still hits home.
3. The Yzerman goal is still my favorite goal of all time to watch, seeing him jump up and down like a kid.
4.  Here are the scenarios: The #8 seed gets Chicago, the #7 seed gets Anaheim (but the travel is the trade-off)
a. Wings win, they’re #7 seed.
b. Wings tie, Wild win: Wild #7, Wings # 8
c. Wings tie, Wild don’t win Wings #7, Wild # 8
d. Wings lose, Wild tie or win, Columbus doesn’t win: Wild #7, Wings #8
e. Wings lose, Wild lose, Columbus wins: Blue Jackets #7, Wings #8

Any other scenario: Wings are out
In other words, PLEASE WIN TONIGHT, Red Wings.

Posted by Bugsy on 04/27/13 at 08:58 AM ET

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