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 in a row at home during the 2008-09 season. That was the longest streak until Detroit’s current run of dominance in the Motor City.
DEVILS 4, SABRES 1
In Buffalo, N.Y., Ilya Kovalchuk had three goals and an assist, and Martin Brodeur stopped 29 shots to lead New Jersey.
Petr Sykora broke a 1-1 tie 1:44 into the third period, and the Devils extended their road winning streak to five – their best stretch since winning five in a row last February.
SENATORS 4, LIGHTNING 0
In Tampa, Fla., Jason Spezza had three goals and an assist, and Craig Anderson made 28 saves for Ottawa.
Spezza made it 2-0 during a power play at 16:32 of the second. The center extended the lead to 3-0 on an in-close goal with 7:23 left in the third, and then completed the hat trick on an empty-net goal.
RANGERS 3, BRUINS 0
In Boston, Henrik Lundqvist made 42 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout of the season, and New York beat Boston to widen the gap between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers won their fourth in a row and opened a nine-point lead over Boston in the East. Tim Thomas made 17 saves for the Bruins, who are 6-7-1 in their past 14 games.
BLUE JACKETS 2, BLUES 1
In Columbus, Ohio, Derek Dorsett’s third-period goal lifted Columbus past St. Louis.
A potential tying goal by St. Louis with 1.8 seconds left in regulation was disallowed. A scrum in the final seconds resulted in a pileup in the crease. Video replays showed the Blues’ David Perron falling on top of a prone Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason, and then shoving the puck into the net. After a lengthy review, the goal was disallowed.
DUCKS 2, TWINS 1
In St. Paul, Minn., Corey Perry scored the winning goal at 12:21 of the third period, Jonas Hiller stopped 17 shots, and Anaheim handed Minnesota its fifth consecutive loss.
Minnesota led 1-0 after two periods, but Niklas Hagman tied it at 8:17 of the third and Perry swooped in to beat Josh Harding and give Anaheim the lead for good.
PREDATORS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2
In Nashville, Tenn., Ryan Ellis scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and added an assist. Ryan Suter and Nick Spaling also scored for the Predators.
The slumping Blackhawks are 2-8-1 in their past 11 games.