Detroit extend NHL streak to 23 games

The first-place Detroit Red Wings extended their National Hockey League home record winning streak to 23 games by edging the San Jose Sharks 3-2 at Joe Lewis Arena on Sunday.

With the win, Detroit surpassed another original six team, the Boston Bruins, for the longest home win streak over multiple seasons.

Boston won the final 20 games of the 1929-30 season and then posted a pair of home victories to begin the 1930-31 campaign.

Detroit already had the NHL’s single season record for consecutive home wins. Last Tuesday, the Wings broke the single-season record by beating the Dallas Stars for their 21st straight win.

Sweden’s Henrik Zetterberg, Drew Miller, of the US, and Canadian Darren Helm scored for the Red Wings, who wrapped up a six-game homestand with a perfect record.

Detroit leads the league with 84 points and have a four-point lead over runner-up Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference.

Forwards Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks who were chasing their fifth-consecutive win in Detroit.

Goaltender Joey MacDonald stopped 31 of 33 shots for Detroit and has been perfect since stepping in to replace Jimmy Howard. No. 1 netminder Howard has missed the past six games with a broken finger.

Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the Sharks, who suffered their third straight loss during a nine-game road trip.

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