Originally posted on Tonight's Healthy Scratches  |  Last updated 2/14/12

The 20,066 on hand inside Joe Louis Arena indulged in their favorite Journey song after seeing their Red Wings win for the 21st time in a row on Tuesday night, as Detroit set the NHL franchise record for consecutive home wins with a 3-1 victory over the Stars.

They surpassed the 1929-'30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Flyers, who had each won 20 straight on home ice, a level of dominance that was once thought extinct in today's NHL, what with the parity of having a 30-team league with a salary cap.

But they did it. They got hot, and they stayed hot.

Their all-star goaltender broke his finger 10 days ago. It didn't phase them. In fact, Joey MacDonald has excelled in his short stint with the Wings since being recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

It was MacDonald manning the pipes tonight in the record-breaking victory at JLA. He posted 20 saves, and nearly had a shutout if not for Adam Burish's goal with 32.8 remaining in regulation. But by then it didn't matter, the party had all-but started for the Red Wings and their fans, who were counting down until they could scream "BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTH DETROOOOIT" for the 21st straight game.

Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart, who got the game-winning goal for all you trivia buffs, got the scoring started early, giving Detroit a 2-0 cushion. Jiri Hudler added a third goal five minutes into the third and the countdown to Journey was on.

For those of you that couldn't watch the game live, Kevin Allen of USA Today was running a live-blog, recording the action on the ice as well as the atmosphere in the stands as the night went on.

As time ran down, a playoff-like atmosphere inside Joe Louis Arena celebrated being in attendance for this landmark event. Chants of "Twenty-one" and "Joey! Joey!" filled the arena. Detroit kept pace with the LUNDsane Rangers, who blanked the Bruins in Boston, 3-0, to take a one-point lead in the Presidents Trophy race.

The Red Wings will go for number 22 on Friday night, when they host the Nashville Predators. Though they've obviously been fairly strong on home ice lately, they sit just four points ahead of Vancouver for the Western Conference lead and have played two more games.

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