DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings had to fight to extend their franchise record home winning streak to 17 games. Literally.
But in the process of their 3-1 victory, they showed their Central Division rival, the St. Louis Blues (29-13-6), that you have to be a little choosy as to when you fight.
The Wings (33-15-1) were not upset they trailed 1-0 late in the first period, they were upset because of the way they were playing.
So much so that defenseman Brad Stuart decided to give his team a little spark with a good, solid hit on Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo with about a minute left in the period.
Chris Stewart took exception and decided to fight Stuart moments later. Although both Stewart and Stuart got five-minute fighting majors, Stewart also got a minor for instigating and a 10-minute misconduct.
"We were flat a little bit, and I knew something like that would kind of help, so I just took an opportunity that presented itself," Stuart said. "You know, we stayed disciplined ...