Detroit beats St. Louis to earn 17th consecutive win at home

Detroit's Johan Franzen beats St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak for a goal. The NHL-leading Red Wings earned their 17th consecutive victory at home Monday night.

DETROIT — Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen scored in the second period, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Monday night for their 17th consecutive home win – the NHL’s longest single-season streak in 36 years.


The Red Wings’ spurt is the fourth longest overall. Detroit (33-15-1) has won seven in a row and leads the NHL with 67 points.

St. Louis, which had won four in a row, lost in regulation for the first time since a Dec. 31 defeat at Detroit. Jaroslav Halak, who had won a career-high seven in a row, made 25 saves.


In Nashville, Tenn., Mike Fisher scored two goals as Nashville picked up its third consecutive victory and 11th in 13 games.

The Predators wrapped up their season series with Colum­bus by going 5-0-1, and Fisher is a big reason for the success against their Central Division rival. He has scored six of his 11 goals this season against the Blue Jackets.

Matt Halischuk and Patric Hornqvist both scored as Nashville won for the 12th time in 14 home games.


In Toronto, Matthew Lombardi scored two goals and Jonas Gustavsson made 25 saves as Toronto beat New York in the first game of a home-and-home series. Phil Kessel also scored for Toronto (24-19-5).


In Raleigh, N.C., Jeff Skin­ner and Tim Brent scored first-period goals for Caro­lina, which won its third in a row at home. Kyle Wellwood scored at 13:47 of the second period for the Jets’ only goal.

CAPITALS: Forward Alex Ovechkin was suspended for three games for an incident Sun­day in which he launched himself to hit Pitts­burgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

BRUINS: Boston goalie Tim Thomas didn’t attend Mon­day’s White House ceremony with President Obama honoring the team for its Stanley Cup title because he believes the federal government “has grown out of control” and threatens rights.