Red Wings clinch playoffs for 25th straight year

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 09: Jesper Fast #19 of the New York Rangers and Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings pursue the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The Red Wings lost their regular season finale to the Rangers Saturday 3-2, but still managed to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs thanks to the Bruins 6-1 loss in Ottawa.

It is the 25th straight season that the Red Wings have qualified for the postseason.

Detroit will be the three seed in the Atlantic Division and will face the division’s second seed Tampa Bay in the first round.

Riley Sheahan scored his 14th goal of the season in the 2nd period and Justin Abdelkader scored his 19th of the year late in the 3rd.

Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader scored with 1:34 remaining to cut the deficit to 3-2, but New York was able to kill off two late penalties and hang on for the win.

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