The Red Wings celebrate after clinching a playoff spot for the 22nd year running. (Image | Getty Images)

There was a stage in this season’s NHL when the one-time unthinkable was about to happen. The Detroit Red Wings, having stumbled and stuttered through the season and even suffering a 3-0 season sweep at the hands of the frankly dire Calgary Flame, were on the brink of not making a 22nd straight Playoffs appearance.

‘The Streak’, as it is known to Wings fans. dates back to 1989 and is the longest post-season appearance streak in the history of American sports.

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