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It’s official: Red Wings’ playoff streak ends at 25 seasons

Detroit Red Wings v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Five

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 21: Justin Abdelkader #8 and Brad Richards #17 of the Detroit Red Wings react at the end of a series-ending loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 21, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

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When we look back at the 2016-17 season for the Detroit Red Wings, it will be remembered for some sad endings.

It began without Pavel Datsyuk. We knew that their last game at Joe Louis Arena this season would be their last ever. And now we know that Joe Louis Arena won’t be home to another playoff run.

After 25 straight seasons of making the playoffs - quite often managing deep runs - the Red Wings were officially eliminated on Tuesday night. In getting this far, they enjoyed one of the greatest runs of longevity in NHL history:

Tonight revolves largely around East teams winning and teams clinching bids - the Edmonton Oilers could very well end the league’s longest playoff drought this evening - but this story is more solemn.

EA Sports tweeted out a great infographic:

“Right now it’s hard to talk about it, because you’re a big reason why it’s not continuing,” Henrik Zetterberg said in an report absolutely worth your time.

Mike “Doc” Emrick narrated a great look back at Joe Louis Arena here: