Red Wings Break NHL Record with 21st Consecutive Home Win

The Detroit Red Wings set a new NHL record Tuesday night, winning their twenty-first home game in a row with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Detroit had tied the old record of twenty wins on Sunday night. That mark was set first by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and tied by the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers.

Down 2-0 entering the third period, the Stars controlled play early in an effort to avert history. It wasn't until Jiri Hudler scored with 4:49 left that the victory was secured.

Hudler's goal came on a play that saw him sneak into the Dallas zone down the right side of the ice while the Stars' defense was focused on Valtteri Filppula on the left wing. Filppula flipped a pass over the Hudler, who settled the puck and snapped a shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Adam Burish would break the shutout with 33 seconds remaining, deflecting a pass from Michael Ryder past Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald with his skate. It wouldn't be enough, however.

Detroit had opened the scoring at 7:57 of the first period on a power play. Zetterberg threw the puck to the front of the net from the bottom of the left faceoff circle and hit bounced right back to him. With Lehtonen having shifted to the middle of the crease, Zetterberg put it into the empty side of the net.

Just 1:18 later, Brad Stuart threaded a shot from the right wing boards through traffic and past Lehtonen to make it 2-0.

The Red Wings would finish the period having put twenty shots on net to Dallas' ten. The scoreless second period was much more even but still saw Detroit outshoot the Stars, 11-6. Even in a third period that saw Dallas carry much of the play, they managed only five shots to Detroit's six.

In all, Lehtonen made 34 saves on Detroit's 37 chances. MacDonald stopped twenty of the 21 shots he faced.

Zetterberg's goal was the only power play tally on the night. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker while the Stars had two.

The Red Wings will get the chance to extend their streak on Friday when they host the Nashville Predators.


Notes: The Red Wings were without goalie Jimmy Howard and forward Danny Cleary, both of whom expect to return from injury on Sunday against the San Jose Sharks... Mike Commodore was the healthy scratch on defense.

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The Red Wings look for their record-setting 21st home win in a row tonight as they host the Dallas Stars.

As in their last several games, they'll do so without goalie Jimmy Howard, who is expected to return from his broken finger on Sunday against the San Jose Sharks (but could be back on Friday against the Nashville Predators).

Detroit will use the same lineup they've used for the last two games. Mike Commodore is the healthy scratch on defense, Danny Cleary remains out up front and Joey MacDonald gets the start in goal.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FS+.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/14/2012 at 6:13 PM

 

Nice to be back home after a few days at sea. Go Wings!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 7:35 PM

 

We've got a shoplifter in the attacking zone! No wait... It's just Pasha.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 7:48 PM

 

Zata!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 7:53 PM

 

Stewie!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 8:00 PM

 

20 SOG? Nice!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 8:32 PM

 

Wings absolutely in the driver's seat so far but two goals isn't much of a lead.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/14/2012 at 8:39 PM

 

Thought Ott was going to score there. Drew a penalty instead. More nervous than I should be.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/14/2012 at 8:58 PM

 

That was close.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 9:03 PM

 

Come on guys... Wake up! Don't blow this opportunity in one period... f*ck!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 9:27 PM

 

Stars absolutely buzzing in the third. Not going to be easy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/14/2012 at 9:31 PM

 

I'm nervous

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 9:42 PM

 

Hudler!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 9:45 PM

 

Hudler with a sweet little shot there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/14/2012 at 9:46 PM

 

Long two minutes.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 9:53 PM

 

We just witnessed NHL history! What is more amazing is that we once won 62 in a season and never accomplished something like this. Congrats boys! You earned it.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/14/2012 at 9:56 PM

 

f*ck the shutout. Shutouts don't matter. Wins matter and this is a big one.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/14/2012 at 9:56 PM

 
Jiri Hudler

Jiri Hudler
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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