Detroit wins 21st in a row

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DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings won an NHL-record 21st consecutive home game, beating the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk shoots during the first period of the Red Wings' 3-1 victory over Dallas, which was the Red Wings' NHL-record setting 21st win in a row at home.  PAUL SANCYA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
PAUL SANCYA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk shoots during the first period of the Red Wings' 3-1 victory over Dallas, which was the Red Wings' NHL-record setting 21st win in a row at home.

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.

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