Wings qualify for playoffs despite shootout loss to Penguins

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Pittsburgh, PN, United States (4E Sports) – The Detroit Red Wings are headed for the playoffs after securing the necessary point in a 4-3 shootout loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.

It was the rare loss that felt celebratory for a team making the playoffs a 23rd straight year.

“We played well enough to win today, and it would have been even better, but clinching a playoff spot is huge,” said Daniel Alfredsso. “This group has overcome a lot of adversity, and that makes it even more fun.”

Tomas Jurco scored in the first period to give the Wings a 1-0 lead. James Neal scored at 9:03 of the second to tie the game.

Third-pair defenseman Jakub Kindl scored on a slapshot from 53 feet to regin the lead for the Wings at 2-1.

A power play goal by Neal tied the game again at 16:42 of the second, but Jussi Jokinen scored on a wrist shot that gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead at 9:17 of the second.

Marc-Andre Fleaury had 37 saves for the Penguins while the Wings’ Jonas Gustavsson had 24.

Riley Sheahan tied the game with 1:15 left in regulation after taking a pass from Niklas Kronwall.goal.

Jokinen scored in the shootout to give the Penguins the victory.

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