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Comebacks, goaltending keep Detroit's streak alive

Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

By NHL.com Staff

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Comebacks, goaltending keep Detroit's streak alive
The Red Wings have won an NHL-record 23 consecutive home games. Here's a look back at each contest along the way to immortality. Detroit goes for No. 24 on Thursday night against Vancouver in a game televised by NBCSN (7:30 p.m. ET).


1. Nov. 5 -- Red Wings 5, Ducks 0 | Recap
The start of the home winning streak was the end of a six-game slide. Nicklas Lidstrom scored twice and Jimmy Howard made 22 saves.

2. Nov. 8 -- Red Wings 5, Avalanche 2 | Recap
Johan Franzen had a hat trick as Detroit jumped to a 3-0 lead and never looked back.

3. Nov. 11 -- Red Wings 3, Oilers 0 | Recap
Jimmy Howard's third shutout of the season was supported by goals from Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall and Valtteri Filppula.

4. Nov. 12 -- Red Wings 5, Stars 2 | Recap
It was 2-2 entering the third period, but Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Brad Stuart scored for the Red Wings.

5. Nov. 23 -- Red Wings 5, Flames 3 | Recap
The difference was three-power play goals, two from Tomas Holmstrom and one from Pavel Datsyuk.

6. Nov. 26 -- Red Wings 4, Predators 1 |Recap
Detroit held Nashville to 19 shots. Valtteri Filppula scored twice.

7. Nov. 30 -- Red Wings 4, Lightning 2 | Recap
Steve Yzerman's first game in Detroit since becoming Tampa's GM was ruined by a pair of third-period goals for the Wings.

8. Dec. 8 -- Red Wings 5, Coyotes 2 | Recap
Detroit scored the game's first five goals and had goals on its first two shots. Jimmy Howard made 30 saves.

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9. Dec. 10 -- Red Wings 7, Jets 1 | Recap
Seven Red Wings scored goals, and all of them came at even strength.

10. Dec. 17 -- Red Wings 8, Kings 2 | Recap
Corey Emmerton and Drew Miller each had two goals in the laugher.

11. Dec. 27 -- Red Wings 3, Blues 2 | Recap
The Wings trailed 2-0 late in the second period before Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall won it for Detroit.

12. Dec. 31 -- Red Wings 3, Blues 0 | Recap
Jimmy Howard made 30 saves, and Detroit did all its scoring in the second period.

13. Jan. 12 -- Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2, SO | Recap
Johan Franzen tied the game midway through the third, and Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the shootout.

14. Jan. 14 -- Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 2, OT | Recap
Jonathan Toews forced OT by scoring with 51.7 seconds remaining, but Todd Bertuzzi won it with 39 seconds to go in overtime.

15. Jan. 16 -- Red Wings 5, Sabres 0 | Recap
Jimmy Howard's 27 saves gave him another shutout as five Red Wings scored in the win.

16. Jan. 21 -- Red Wings 3, Blue Jackets 2, SO | Recap
The Jackets provided a stiff test, but Valtteri Filppula's shootout goal kept the streak alive.

17. Jan. 23 -- Red Wings 3, Blues 1 | Recap
St. Louis again held a lead in Hockeytown, but it was wiped out by goals from Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen.

18. Feb. 8 -- Red Wings 4, Oilers 2 | Recap
The All-Star break and loss of Jimmy Howard to a broken finger during a road trip did nothing to slow Detroit.

19. Feb. 10 -- Red Wings 2, Ducks 1, SO | Recap
Backup Joey MacDonald won the goaltending duel, making 29 saves and stopping two of three attempts in the shootout.

20. Feb. 12 -- Red Wings 4, Flyers 3 | Recap
The come-from-behind win tied the record for longest home winning streak, held by the 1975-76 Flyers and 1929-30 Bruins.

21. Feb. 14 -- Red Wings 3, Stars 1 | Recap
Detroit set the record on the strength of goals by Henrik Zetterberg, Brad Stuart and Jiri Hudler. Joey MacDonald made 20 saves.

22. Feb. 17 -- Red Wings 2, Predators 1 | Recap
The game appeared destined for overtime, but Pavel Datsyuk scored with five seconds remaining to win it.

23. Feb. 19 -- Red Wings 3, Sharks 2 | Recap
It was another strong showing for Joey MacDonald, who made 31 saves to extend the record.
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