It’s officially over.
The Detroit Red Wings, the one constant in playoff hockey for the last quarter century, were officially eliminated from the playoff race last night. It did not end with a bang or even ceremony, they were handily dumped by the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, in front of less than 10,000 people.
The streak lasted 26 years, 25 seasons, and more than 9,000 days.
It’s over, and it’s the best thing that could happen to the franchise.