NHL-Red Wings clinch playoffs for 21st straight season

Reuters

Tue, 27 Mar 03:55:00 2012

The Detroit Red Wings piled on seven straight goals to stun the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 and clinch a postseason berth for a franchise-record 21st straight season on Monday.

The home victory ensured the Red Wings passed the previous mark set from 1939-58.

The Red Wings dominated the Blue Jackets with four goals in the first 10 minutes and extended the lead to 7-0 in the third period before cruising to a win that moved them to fourth in the West with 97 points, one point ahead of Nashville.

Tomas Holmstrom scored two of Detroit's first three goals, while Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi each had four assists.

Columbus goaltender Steve Mason was pulled in the second period for the second straight night.

Mark Letestu and Rick Nash each converted late goals for the league-lowest Columbus (24-45-7), who slumped to their seventh loss from nine games.

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