Joey MacDonald turned aside 31 shots as the Detroit Red Wings edged the San Jose Sharks for their NHL-record 23rd consecutive home victory.
San Jose provided a stiff challenge for the Red Wings but couldn't hand the home side its first loss at Joe Louis Arena since Nov. 3 against Calgary. The loss dropped the Sharks to 1-3-1 on their season-high nine-game road trip.
MacDonald, making his eighth start in place of the injured Jimmy Howard, improved to 6-1-1 on the season and has surrendered two goals or fewer on seven occasions.
Henrik Zetterberg had the lone goal of the opening period, firing a backhander past San Jose netminder Antti Niemi at 6:30 for his fourth goal in the past six games.
Detroit went up 2-0 midway through the second frame, taking advantage of a poor Brent Burns clearing attempt to bang home a rebound past Niemi.
San Jose trimmed the deficit with a bizarre power-play goal less than four minutes later. Logan Couture redirected a shot which bounced off the t...