The Detroit Red Wings qualified for their 23rd consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff appearance on Wednesday by forcing a shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Red Wings forward Riley Sheahan tied the game with 1:15 remaining in the third period before Pittsburgh won 4-3 in a potential Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference First Round preview.
“It was a pretty good feeling and good to get that point to give us a chance in the playoffs,” Sheahan said, via NHL.com. “It’s unbelievable to help the team any way we can. There’s all this talk about the young guys being helpful here but you have to give credit to the older guys for showing us the ropes and playing with leadership, so it’s been a lot of fun.”
Pengiuns goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 34 shots, said he would be open to playing Detroit in the playoffs.
“I think there’s no easy team that will make the playoffs,” Fleury said. “They play hard, they have some skills. It would be a fun one.”
“I don’t think we were going to analyze the score of the game and project forward if it is a possible playoff matchup,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “We wanted to do certain things in areas of the game and maybe have that be a statement. I think we did that with the power play for sure. It was our power play in the second period that got us back in the game.”