Red Wings Record
February 15, 2012 by staff
Red Wings Record, The Detroit Red Wings won an NHL-record 21st straight home game, beating the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart scored midway through the first period for the Red Wings, who broke the mark of 20 set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-30 season, and matched by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976.
Fans at Joe Louis Arena gave the team a standing ovation in the final minute and were chanting: “21! 21!” After the game, the Red Wings raised their sticks to acknowledge the cheering fans.
In the NHL’s seven seasons with a shootout to eliminate tie games, Boston won 14 straight at home during the 2008-09 season. That was the longest streak until Detroit’s current run of dominance in the Motor City.
Joey MacDonald made 20 saves, filling in again for the injured Jimmy Howard, and was 32.8 seconds away from his third NHL shutout.
Adam Burish scored and Kari Lehtonen stopped 34 shots for the Stars.
The Red Wings’ next two games are at home — Friday against Nashville, and Sunday when they host San Jose. That will give them a chance to break another record by the Bruins.
Boston won 22 straight home games, spanning two seasons. The Bruins closed the 1929-30 season with 20 victories at home and then won its first two in Boston the following season.
The NBA’s longest home winning streak in a season is 37, set by Chicago during the 1995-96 season. The 1978 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1988 Boston Red Sox both won 24 straight at home for baseball’s longest single-season, home-winning streaks since 1919. The Miami Dolphins won 27 straight at home from 1971-74 for the NFL mark.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said before Tuesday’s game that the team wouldn’t make room for a banner in Joe Louis Arena’s crowded rafters if a record was set against Dallas.
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