Red Wings Make It a Record 21 Wins at Home
It was 30 seconds away from being a shutout, but even a late goal by the Dallas Stars in the third period couldn't spoil the celebration for Red Wings fans as Detroit skated away with a new NHL record: 21 straight wins at home.
The team had tied the record of 20 wins, previously set by the Boston Bruins in the 1929-1930 season and tied in the mid-70s by the Phildelphia Flyers, in their 4-3 win over the Flyers last Sunday.
The Red Wings dominated the Stars in the first period, with 20 shots on goal to the Stars' 10. That aggressive shooting led to two goals in the first by Brad Stuart and Henrik Zetterberg.
With a 2-0 lead, the Wings let up a bit, with 10 shots on goal in the second and only 6 shots on goal in the third period. After a scoreless second, Jiri Hudler went from the bench straight to the goal, accepting a pass in front of the goal before getting it in the net. That extra cushion with about five minutes left in the game helped seal it for the Red Wings.
Joey MacDonald was in goal for the Wings, and had 20 saves on the night. The Stars' Adam Burish scored a goal off his skate with less than a minute left in the third to take away the shutout, but it didn't matter.
As the time ticked down, Red Wings fans were celebrating a win for the record books.
They have the opportunity to build on their record against the Nashville Predators this Friday night, and also play San Jose at home later in the weekend.
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