The Detroit Red Wings needed a late finishing kick but not only made the playoffs for the 22nd straight season, they catapulted into seventh in the Western Conference.
It's only fitting that in their last season in the West that the Wings would have to head to the west coast to play the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks in the first round.
The Wings and Ducks faced each other three times in the lockout-shortened, 48-game season. The Ducks won the first meeting, 5-2, Feb. 15 at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings won the last two meetings in Anaheim, in back-to-back games March 22 and 24, 5-1 and 2-1.
The Wings won their last four games of the regular season, scoring more than three goals in each of those games, their longest such streak of the season.
Pavel Datsyuk edged out Euro Twin Henrik Zetterberg for the Wings' team scoring lead with 15 goals and 34 assists in 47 games. Zetterberg had 11 goals and 37 assists in 46 games.
Johan Franzen picked up his scoring pace in the last nin...