Last night, two streaks in the National Hockey League came to an end. The Detroit Red Wings’ twenty-five season consecutive playoff streak came to an end after a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. On the other end, former Bruins General Manager, Peter Chiarelli has made many additions to end the ten-season drought of no playoffs for the Edmonton Oilers.
Streaks in sports are just another thing that adds to the suspense and drama of any sport. The Red Wings dominance throughout the past twenty-five years has been ended, but it just shows that they need to make some much needed changes to get back, a cycle each and every team goes through at sometime during their existence. From 1990-91 to 2015-16, Detroit won four Stanley Cups, (1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08), further cementing that long-lasting streak.
However, the Red Wings’ streak wasn’t the longest in NHL history. That title is owned by the Boston Bruins. The twenty-nine year streak was held from 1967-68 to 1995-96, with two Stanley Cup wins as well, (1969-70, 1971-72). Ray Bourque was apart of those good time for 17 of the 29 years including five 90+ point seasons in that time span.
Not only does the streak top any other in the National Hockey League, but it also ranks second in the North American major professional sports, behind the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos 34 straight years. Boston does take the cake for the “Big Four” sports. The Bruins have the longest streak in the NHL, NBA, NFL, and MLB. An impressive feat for sure.
So whether or not the Bruins make the post-season this year, we will always have the 29 consecutive playoff streak. So B’s fans, stay hopeful, even though it may be hard and it may look hard to get out of this slump, but there will most likely be another day where the golf clubs don’t come out as early.