Red Wings' Streak Reaches Seventeen with Home Win over Blues

The Detroit Red Wings extended their franchise-record home winning streak to seventeen games on Monday night, handing the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues a 3-1 loss.

With the win, the Red Wings move three points up on the Blues for first place in the division and the league, with the Blues holding a game in hand.

St. Louis had opened the game's scoring at 9:12 of the first period, when they caught Detroit on a bad line change and B.J. Crombeen gained the offensive zone on a three-on-one. Crombeen's pass to Scott Nichol got around defenseman Niklas Kronwall and goalie Jimmy Howard couldn't get across to stop Nichol's shot.

The tide turned late in the first period. After Red Wings' defenseman Brad Stuart laid out the Blues' Alex Pietrangelo, Stuart was jumped by Chris Stewart. Stewart earned the extra two minute minor for instigating the fight, putting Detroit on a power play that continued into the second period.

It was on that power play that the Red Wings tied things up. Just 51 seconds into the middle frame, Datsyuk carried the puck off the left wing boards and into the slot before lifting a backhander past St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Johan Franzen put Detroit out front at 8:52 of the period. With Franzen heading to the front of the net, Jonathan Ericsson's shot was blocked in the slot. Franzen got his stick on it and backhanded it around Halak's pad to make it 2-1.

A second power play goal finished off the game's scoring. With Carlo Colaiacavo off for roughing and just after the expiration of matching minors to Todd Bertuzzi and David Backes, Niklas Kronwall fired a shot from the top of the left circle that went through a screen by Tomas Holmstrom and past Halak.

The game closed on a chippy note, with Backes, Pietrangelo and Howard each taking roughing minors in the final two seconds. Backes and Pietrangelo also took ten-minute misconducts in the scrum around the Detroit net.

Howard finished the night with 21 saves on 22 shots against. Halak made 25 saves on 28 shots.

The Red Wings scored on two of five power play chances, though one of those lasted for 1.5 seconds. The Blues did not score on their lone power play.

The Red Wings will start a four-game road trip in Montreal on Wednesday, their last game before the All-Star break.

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The Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues in a key midseason Central Division matchup tonight. Detroit sits atop the division and the league, one point up on the Blues, who have a game in hand.

The two teams won't meet again until April 4, the Red Wings final road game of the regular season. They've split their four meetings thus far this season.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock says that the Red Wings will go with the same lineup as they used on Saturday, admitting that he reserved the right to change his mind.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FS+.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2012 at 6:33 PM

 

3-on-1? Really?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2012 at 7:54 PM

 

Big clean hit by Stuart. Chris Stewart is a f*cking idiot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2012 at 8:11 PM

 

I wanted Pasha to drop it to White that whole time. Shows what I know.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2012 at 8:31 PM

 

I've got nothing other than I hate the National Broadcast and I wish we would play better.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 8:39 PM

 

I saw the number in the 90s in front of the net and thought for sure it was Homer. He probably wouldn't have done that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2012 at 8:47 PM

 

Mule!!! There you go boys! Keep it up!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 8:47 PM

 

The Wings are actually upping the ante. I like it!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 8:48 PM

 

I SO wish I were at this game....

Posted by OldBroad on 1/23/2012 at 8:52 PM

 

How's that fight looking a period later?

Wings skating much better, Blues aren't done yet though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2012 at 9:06 PM

 

We will see in the third.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 9:17 PM

 

That was laziness by the D on that play.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 9:40 PM

 

Jimmy standing strong. Wings really needed a PPG there, now it's going to be a battle to the end.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2012 at 9:41 PM

 

Do the refs have eyes? Can they see Franzen?

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 9:44 PM

 

Nice to see the Blues playing like bitches which means we are frustrating them!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 9:50 PM

 

This better not end in a 3-2...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 9:50 PM

 

Two stupid penalties, two Detroit PPGs.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2012 at 9:50 PM

 

Holy crap! I saw a Joseph jersey in the crowd.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 9:53 PM

 

Poor Cleary needs a goal.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 9:54 PM

 

This is almost like the old Colorado games...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2012 at 9:57 PM

 

Classy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2012 at 9:58 PM

 

Don't you hate it when a team can't compete with skill (the Blues) so they just start throwing their bodies at everything?

Posted by OldBroad on 1/23/2012 at 10:05 PM

 
Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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