DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings won an NHL-record 21st straight home game, beating the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart scored midway through the first period for the Red Wings, who broke the mark of 20 set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-30 season, and matched by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976.

Fans at Joe Louis Arena gave the team a standing ovation in the final minute and were chanting: “21! 21!” After the game, the Red Wings raised their sticks to acknowledge the cheering fans.

In the NHL’s seven seasons with a shootout to eliminate tie games, Boston won 14 straight at home during the 2008-09 season. That was the longest streak until Detroit’s current run of dominance in the Motor City.

Joey MacDonald made 20 saves, filling in again for the injured Jimmy Howard, and was 32.8 seconds away from his third NHL shutout.

Adam Burish scored and Kari Lehtonen stopped 34 shots for the Stars.

The Red Wings’ next two games are at home — Friday against Nashville and Sunday against San Jose. That will give them a chance to break another record by the Bruins.

Boston won 22 straight home games, spanning two seasons. The Bruins closed the 1929-30 season with 20 victories at home and then won their first two in Boston the following season.

 

DUCKS 2, WILD 1: Corey Perry scored the winning goal at 12:21 of the third period and Jonas Hiller stopped 17 shots as visiting Anaheim sent Minnesota to its fifth straight loss.

 

SENATORS 4, LIGHTNING 0: Jason Spezza had three goals and an assist, and Craig Anderson made 28 saves in Ottawa’s win at Tampa, Fla.

 

DEVILS 4, SABRES 1: Ilya Kovalchuk had three goals and an assist, and Martin Brodeur stopped 29 shots in leading New Jersey to a win at Buffalo, N.Y.

 

BLUE JACKETS 2, BLUES 1: Derek Dorsett’s third-period goal lifted Columbus over visiting St. Louis.

 

PREDATORS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2: Ryan Ellis scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and added an assist as Nashville beat visiting Chicago.

Ryan Suter and Nick Spaling also scored for the Predators.

Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa scored for the slumping Blackhawks, who are 2-8-1 in their past 11 games.

NOTES

Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez and assistant coach Randy Ladouceur got into a shouting match at practice Tuesday. Ladouceur apparently was upset at what he considered a lack of intensity during a drill. Gomez is among the league’s highest-paid players but has only one goal this year for the struggling Canadiens.

 


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