Paul Sancya/ Associated Press
By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
For American hockey fans, age 21 was the last time the number meant something because they could finally legally enjoy an adult beverage with their friends, family, and fellow fans.
Canadian hockey fans cannot even claim that moment when 21 meant something.
Nevertheless, all hockey fans, especially fans of the Detroit Red Wings, now share the ability to attach some more significant meaning to the number 21. On Tuesday night, the number echoed in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena as Detroit fans chanted “21! 21! 21!….”
Detroit beat the Western Conference rival Dallas Stars 3-1 for the team’s 21st victory in a row at home in a single season, a new NHL record. The previous record of 20 wins in a row at home was shared by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers, the latter more interesting as the Red Wings bested the Flyers on Sunday night to tie the record.
The 1929-30 Bruins proceeded to win their first two home...