Red Wings Clinch 25th Straight Playoff Appearance
The Red Wings controlled their own destiny after a big 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, and even though the rest of the week didn't go their way, they clinched their 25th straight Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance.
After a 3-2 loss in the season finale to the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators thrashed the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden 6-1 guaranteeing that the Red Wings finished third in the Atlantic division.
Detroit will open the playoffs against last year's playoff foe in the Tampa Bay Lightning. Just like last year the Tampa Bay Lightning will own home ice advantage as the Atlantic #2 seed.
The Red Wings had a goal waved off early in the first period against New York as newly inserted Joakim Andersson looked to have the game's opening goal. New York wold challenge the play successfully for offsides. The first period finished 1-0 for New York, the Red Wings would never lead in the game.
Boston was up 1-0 after one period against Ottawa on a controversial goal that appeared to be more offsides than Andersson's goal. The review was deemed inconclusive and the goal stood.
Ottawa would then take control of the game scoring four times in the second period on 12 shots. Ottawa would pad their lead with a pair of empty net goals in the third as every man advantage Boston got in the final frame they would pull Jonas Gustavsson for a 6-on-4 advantage.
Detroit is the 15th team to clinch a playoff spot for 2016. Boston is now on the bubble, one point ahead of Philadelphia who have two games remaining in 2016.