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Pat Caputo: Dismissing The Red Wings Record Home Winning Streak As Not “Pure” Isn’t Fair

The Red Wings will be going for their 21st straight home victory tonight against Dallas, which would break the NHL record. They currently share the record with the 1930 Boston Bruins and 1976 Philadelphia Flyers at 20. The Flyers record is considered somehow more “pure” by many because there was no overtime, nor shootout rule, at the time. The Flyers won all 20 of those games in regulation time. There was overtime during the regular season in 1930, and a couple of the Bruins’ wins during the streak were in overtime. There was no shootout that season.

To some, this has tainted the Red Wings’ share of the current record, or if they were to break it tonight.

I don’t feel that way.

The fact it has only been twice in league history makes it an incredible accomplishment. Secondly, it has not been done since overtime was brought back to the NHL in the 1983-84 season. Nor since the shootout was added in 2005-06.

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