Red Wings beat Canadiens in OT but miss the playoffs as Capitals win in Philadelphia

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News on

Published in Hockey

MONTREAL — The NHL playoffs will begin this weekend, but the Red Wings aren't going to be part of them.

But brother did they try.

Patrick Kane scored in the shootout, giving the Wings a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Still, it will be the eighth consecutive season without the playoffs for the Wings.

The Wings were eliminated because of Washington's victory over Philadelphia, which clinched the last playoff spot for the Capitals. Philadelphia, needing a regulation victory, pulled its goalie and Washington scored the clinching goal in a 2-1 victory into an empty net.

The Wings forced overtime in Montreal when David Perron, on a one-timer off a feed from Shayne Gostisbehere with 3.3 seconds left in regulation, scored, tying the game 4-4. But unlike Monday, the Wings couldn't complete the comeback.

The Wings last made the playoffs in 2016 in Jeff Blashill's first season as head coach and Dylan Larkin's rookie season.


Montreal's Juraj Slafkovsky broke a 3-3 tie at 12 minutes, 41 seconds giving the Canadiens a 4-3 lead.

Lane Hutson, from the west side of Michigan (Holland), in only his second game, lifted a shot from the point that Slafkovsky deflected past goaltender James Reimer for his 20th goal.

The Wings haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 2016, making it eight consecutive years without a postseason appearance.

The Wings appeared to be drawing yet another third-period comeback.


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