DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Red Wings set a new NHL record of 21 consecutive home game wins beating the Dallas Stars 3-1 Tuesday night in Detroit.
Before a sold-out crowd in Joe Louis Arena the NHL-leading Red Wings have the record alone – after a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday night the Wings shared the league mark of consecutive home wins set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-30 season and matched by Philadelphia in 1976.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – the Wings came out strong with Henrik Zetterberg getting Detroit on the board first with a power play goal.
Brad Stuart scored on a slap shot to put the Wings up 2-0 in the first period.
The game would stay at 2-0 until Jiri Hudler scored the Wings third goal in the final period to add emphasis to the record setting night.
Back-up goalie Joey MacDonald came up big for the Red Wings with 20 saves in net.
The lone goal for the Dallas Stars was put in during the final minute of the game by Adam Burish after the Stars had pulled their goalie.
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.
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