Red Wings break record with 23rd consecutive home win

San Jose's Dominic Moore (left) and Detroit's Darren Helm face off. The Red Wings won their 23rd in a row at home.

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings won their 23rd consecutive home game, setting an NHL multiple-season mark and holding on to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Sunday.

Detroit, which broke the league’s single-season record of 20 on Tuesday, surpassed the 22 wins in a row the Boston Bruins had over two seasons more than eight decades ago.

The Red Wings won their sixth consecutive game, all in a homestand at Joe Louis Arena, and have an NHL-high 84 points.



In Sunrise, Fla., Teemu Selanne scored in the first period and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for his third shutout of the season in Anaheim’s victory over Florida.

The 41-year-old Selanne is the oldest player to score 20 goals in the NHL since Johnny Bucyk did it for Boston in 1976-77. Selanne moved past Brendan Shanahan into sole possession of 12th place on the career goals list with 657. Selanne has 17 20-goal seasons, tying the Finn for fifth on the career list.

Niklas Hagman added an empty-net goal. The Ducks have earned at least a point in nine straight games.



In Buffalo, N.Y., Derek Roy scored twice and added an assist to help Buffalo snap a four-game skid.

Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Miller made 24 saves, including stopping Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin on breakaway attempts in the second period.

Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo.



In St. Paul, Minn., Niklas Backstrom made a career-high 48 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Matt Cullen and Chad Rau scored in Minnesota’s victory over Boston.

The Wild won for only the second time in February.

Tim Thomas made 27 saves for Boston. The Bruins have lost six of 10.



In Chicago, Dave Bolland scored the go-ahead goal in the third period when his centering attempt hit in off St. Louis’ forward David Backes’ stick, and Chicago beat the Blues for its third consecutive victory.

Corey Crawford made 29 saves, Duncan Keith tied it in the third and Marian Hossa had an empty-net goal.



In Montreal, Zach Parise, David Clarkson and Matt Taormina scored and Martin Brodeur made 21 saves to help New Jersey beat Montreal.

The Devils improved to 34-20-4 with their third straight victory and jumped past division rivals Pittsburgh and Philadelphia into fourth in the Eastern Conference.



In Dallas, Shea Weber scored on a power play with less than a second remaining in the first period, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots, and Nashville beat Dallas.

Nashville improved to 6-19-1 in franchise history in Dallas.

Weber put the Predators ahead to stay 2-1 with his 12th goal of the season.


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