Feb 15, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
Can't be any prouder of my beloved Wings unless they bring home Lord Stanley himself.
Red-and-white clad fans haven’t seen the Detroit Red Wings lose at home in more than three months.
The NHL has never seen such success at home in one season.
The Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night for their 21st straight win in Detroit – breaking the single-season mark of 20 set by Boston in the 1929-30 season and matched by Philadelphia in 1976.
During the final minute of the latest home win, the crowd showered the Red Wings with a standing ovation – and chanted, “21! 21!”
Detroit extended the streak with three wins in shootouts, which became a part of the league in 2005 after the lockout and has led some to downplay the significance of this record.
In the past, the Red Wings would’ve had to settle for ties and an unbeaten streak instead of a winning run.
“There’s really no way to combat that argument,” Stuart said. “But still, it’s an incredible accomplishment regardless of what you’re going to compare it to.”
Since the shootout eliminated ties, the longest previous home winning streak was 14 by Boston during the 2008-09 season. Detroit’s run began after a loss to Calgary on Nov. 3.
Adam Burish, who scored for Dallas, said what the Red Wings have done isn’t watered down by the fact they have chances to win games that used to end in ties.
“I think it’s harder than it was in the 70s, just because of the parity,” Burish said. “There are no games where you can just show up and think you’re going to win.”
Detroit has an NHL-high 39 wins and 80 points, but the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers are just a point behind and have played three fewer games.
“Anytime you’re in a race like we are, you need the points,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
The resurgent St. Louis Blues, steady Nashville Predators and talented Chicago Blackhawks won’t make it easy for the Red Wings to win the Central Division, and top seeding in the West will likely be closely contested with the defending conference champion Vancouver Canucks.
That is why the Red Wings have been more focused on the standings than the streak.
“It’s something we’re going to cherish, but we’ve talked about getting more points to stay where we are in the standings,” captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.
The NBA’s longest home winning streak in a season is 37, set by Chicago during the 1995-96 season. The 1978 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1988 Boston Red Sox both won 24 straight at home for baseball’s longest single-season, home-winning streaks since 1919. The Miami Dolphins won 27 straight at home from 1971-74 for the NFL mark.