Found February 14, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
DETROIT -- The NHL's playoff campaign slogan last year was "History will be made." Detroit Red Wings fans got to see a little history made during the regular season at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday night. With a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars, the Red Wings officially entered the record books with their 21st consecutive home victory. They are now 24-2-1 at the Joe this season. To put that in a little perspective, the Wings have more home wins than the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets have total wins. "It's something special especially with all the really great teams I've been on here over the years and great players but we've never had a chance to do something like this," Wings captain Nick Lidstrom said. "This is a real special moment for the team." After the final horn sounded and the players had congratulated goaltender Joey MacDonald, who made 20 saves, all the Wings skated around the ice with their sticks raised to acknowledge the fans who were standing and cheering. "Thats the least we can do," said Henrik Zetterberg who scored the first goal of the game. "(Fans) are a big part of this and the way theyve been carrying us here this year, especially the last two games have been like playoff games, its helping us to play good." Brad Stuart, who scored the eventual game-winner 68 seconds after Zetterberg in the first period, talked about the reasons behind the team's home success. "Probably just good solid defensive play," Stuart said. "Our goals against has been pretty good. Theres been games where we shouldnt have won, but found a way to do what we needed to. I think thats the confidence we have, its a big factor we have now. When we need a play, need a save, a goal, were confident were going to get it." Coach Mike Babcock, who has insisted throughout the streak that the team is more focused on getting points than setting records in a tight division, admitted that he's proud of what the Wings have accomplished. "We're thrilled this has happened for our team," Babcock said. "I think it's really good for our logo, it's really good for our ownership, our team. I'm proud of the guys, they've worked hard and now let's get on with it." The Stars, who avoided a shutout with a goal from Adam Burish with :33 seconds left in the third period, were less thrilled than the Wings about appearing in the record book. "It's incredible. It truly is," Steve Ott said. "Twenty-one games in a row at home, let alone five in a row at home is amazing. It's a tremendous accomplishment for their organization. It completely sucks to be other end of it watching them do it against our team. It's disappointing, disheartening, because we wanted to be the spoilers." But there was no spoiling a record-setting Valentine's Day for the Wings and their fans. Not even the naysayers who point out the fact that the Wings earned their 21 straight wins with the help of three shootout victories and an overtime victory, something the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers did not have when they won 20 straight at home. "There's really no way to combat that argument but still in itself it's an incredible accomplishment regardless of what you're going to compare it to, whatever happened 80-some years ago," Stuart said. "We can take pride in it regardless of the arguments that can be made against it." Despite their mind-blowing success at home, the Wings are still just four points ahead of second-place Vancouver in the Western Conference. Things also remain tight in the Central Division. Although the St. Louis Blues lost Tuesday, they are just five points behind the Wings with two games in hand, the Nashville Predators are eight points behind with one game in hand and the free-falling Chicago Blackhawks are 15 points back with one game in hand. "For us, now we just want to keep going and we want to win the next game," Zetterberg said. "Now were kind of back to winning games because other teams are winning games. But, still, every game we win now is going to extend the record. You might as well keep going." And as MacDonald pointed out, there's something way better than an entry in the record book as far as the Wings are concerned. "Guys have stepped up," MacDonald said. "It's a different guy every night. 21 wins is a pretty good feeling but we've got to keep going. It's a record but there's one goal every year and that's to win the Cup."

Red Wings on brink of record streak

DETROIT -- Even when theyre on the verge of history, the Detroit Red Wings keep their emotions cool and their perspective on winning the next game. With a victory over the Dallas Star on Tuesday night at the Joe Louis Arena, the Wings will set the NHLs all-time record for consecutive home victories at 21. They currently share the record at 20 victories with the 1929-30 Boston...

Record Breaker: Red Wings Win 21st Straight Game at Joe Louis Arena

In a time span of roughly 2 minutes when I was browsing for, erm... blogging content, the Red Wings scored two goals (one a much needed slump buster by Henrik Zetterberg). After that, the Wings were on cruise control as they won their NHL record 21st straight game at home. Check the highlights below for more on tonight's historic win. As spiffy as Joey MacDonald...

NHL's Central Division might be league's best

Detroit has the Western Conference standings right in the dressing room right where none of the Red Wings can miss the nightly updates. The way the Central Division teams are playing this season, it's a tote board that changes daily and almost hourly. The standings bear close watching because the team that wins the division may very well wind up as the Western Conference'...

Wings GM: MacDonald is No. 2 goalie

Joey MacDonald's steady play has given the Red Wings one less thing to do leading up to the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Detroit breaks long-standing record

The Detroit Red Wings made NHL history Tuesday night, breaking the record for consecutive home wins by getting their 21st home win in a row. The record had previously been held by both the 1929-1930 Boston Bruins and the 1975-1976 Philadelphia Flyers. During the streak, the Red Wings outscored their visitors 84-31.With just a few minutes left in what would be a 3-1 victory over the...

The Red Wings Machine

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, At the morning skate, the players who skated, skated hard, and the players who needed rest, rested. On a wall in the back were dry erase boards with standings and rankings of the best power play and penalty kill. It might have been there to remind them how good they are, but it probably was there more to remind them where they needed work...

Detroit Red Wings Valentine’s Day Record Gift to Their Fans

Detroit Red Wings fans extended nothing but love on Valentine’s Day evening for their team. The Red Wings have won every home game since they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 on Nov. 5, 2011. Tuesday Night, the Red Wings set an NHL record by winning 21 straight home games at the Joe Louis Arena by defeating the Dallas Stars 3-1. Red Wings Head Coach, Mike Babcock doesn’t want...

Red Wings ready to put 20-game home winning streak up against Stars

Johan Franzen spent Monday nursing his ankle after a blocked shot, but he was on the ice for the optional morning skate and said he's ready to play. Joey MacDonald will be in goal.

Howie's Healing

Tomorrow will mark the 14th day since James "Tiberius" Howard broke a finger on his right hand.Surprisingly, it hasn't been a horrible two weeks as some might have believed.  Since Howard's injury, the Detroit Red Wings have posted an impressive 5-1-1 record (two of those wins coming in the shootout).  Ty Conklin was leaned on, but quickly faltered and it was...

GameDay: Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings

Stars at Red Wings

Dallas Stars (28-24-3) at Detroit Red Wings (38-17-2), 7:30 p.m. (ET)

The Detroit Red Wings will try to set a new NHL record for the longest home winning streak in league history when they host the Dallas Stars tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.