The Road To the Stanley Cup Always Stops in Detroit

May 10th, 2010 by Samantha Cooke Leave a reply »
The Detroit Red Wings have just been ousted from the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks. They had an uphill battle to climb, needing to win four in a row to make it past the Sharks.

Detroit has long been on the top of the league and in the playoffs. They currently hold the longest active streak for all professional sports in making the postseason. The Red Wings have gone to the playoffs 19 years in a row and 25 out of the last 27 years.

The Red Wings have also won 11 Stanley Cups. While it sounds weird to say, the road to the Stanley Cup goes through Detroit.

This does not mean that Detroit is always in the finals, but there is an interesting statistic that the Red Wings have kept alive.

Since 2002, Detroit has either won the Stanley Cup, lost to the Stanley Cup Champion, or lost to the Stanley Cup Runner-up.

In 2002, Detroit won the Stanley Cup over Carolina. This is where the streak started. Obviously the road went through Detroit as they were in the finals.

New Jersey beat Anaheim in 2003 for the Cup. How does Detroit come in to the picture? Anaheim beat Detroit in the first round of the playoffs.

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