Datsyuk doesn't want to squeak into playoffs again

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with...

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates center David Legwand (17) and left wing Johan Franzen (93) and center Gustav Nyquist (14) during the third period at Bell Centre on Apr 5, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, CAN. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

MONTREAL - The Detroit Red Wings won their last four games last season to get into the playoffs and kept their 22-year streak of making the playoffs alive.

They might not need quite a similar finish to keep longest playoff streak in major North American pro sports alive and that’s fine with forward Pavel Datsyuk.

The Wings lost to the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 Saturday night, but still own the first wildcard slot and have a four-point edge over the ninth-place New Jersey Devils with four games to go.

“If you ask me if I like it, it’s no. I don’t like this one. But it’s life and we need to go through it,” said Datsyuk, playing his second game back after missing 16 games with a suspected knee injury.

“For us the last four games, it’s the second season in a row they’re like playoff games. It’s better for us that the playoffs start early. We’ll be ready when the real playoffs start.”


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