The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 to win their NHL-record 21st game in a row at Joe Louis Arena breaking the previous league mark of 20.
Goaltender Joey MacDonald came within 33 seconds of his first shutout of the year, but it didn’t matter as the Red Wings secured the victory to pass the the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers for the most consecutive wins at home.
Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart scored 1:18 apart in the first period to stake Detroit to a 2-0 lead. They never looked back. Jiri Hudler added a third period goal to put the game out of reach. It was Hudler’s fourth goal against Dallas during the four-game season series.
With the win former New York Islander MacDonald improved to 4-1-1, including four consecutive victories while filling in for injured starter Jimmy Howard. They win also improved the Wings home record to 23-2-1 on the year.
When the clock stuck zero in the third period the 55th consecutive sellout crowd erupted with appreciation for their beloved Red Wings. The players showed their own appreciation by saluting the fans with their sticks from center ice.
As a hockey fan, it made the hair stand up on the back on my neck. It’s definitely a record for the ages.
Despite having been accomplished during the shootout era, the streak is simply remarkable and is something that may never be duplicated again. Detroit has once again reclaimed it’s place as “Hockey Town.”
The Red Wings have a chance to push the streak to 22 when they face the Nashville Predators Friday at the “Joe.”
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