March 27 (Bloomberg) -- The Detroit Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 to earn a National Hockey League playoff berth for the 21st straight season, the longest current run in professional U.S. sports.
Tomas Holmstrom had two goals while Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who opened a 6-0 lead after two periods last night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
With the win, Detroit broke the previous franchise record of 20 consecutive postseason trips from 1939-58.
Detroit (46-25-5) is the third team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff berth, following the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks.
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