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by Paul on 03/27/14 at 08:02 AM ET
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Detroit is currently on a remarkable streak of 22 straight appearances that have yielded four Stanley Cups and two more unsuccessful bids in Cup finals — 2008-09 under Babcock, 1994-95 under Scotty Bowman.
That’s seven appearances shy of the record 29 consecutive of the Boston Bruins, from 1967-68 through 1995-96.
Should Babcock, in his ninth season as head coach, get his Red Wings into the playoffs to make it 23 in a row, he will do so with smoke and mirrors and Scotch tape and baling wire.
It might well be the greatest work the McGill graduate has ever done, Stanley Cup and double Olympic gold included, and surely his magic and his team’s refusal to roll over when it had every reason to will make him a strong contender for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s outstanding coach.
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