The Detroit Red Wings continue to add to their franchise record for most consecutive playoff appearances. The number is now up to 23.
The Red Wings, ravaged by injuries, including to some of their top players, for a good chunk of this season, clinched a spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs with a single point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
Riley Sheahan scored for the Red Wings with 1:15 remaining in the third period to even it up at three goals apiece, and helping send this to overtime, securing that valuable single point.
“This is a big game for us. We might be playing them next week, so we want to do everything we can to play right and give ourselves a chance to win the game,” said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, as per The Detroit News.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.
Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.
The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.
To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).
Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:
Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):
McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: