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Red Wings win 16th straight game at home

Jan 21, 2012, 10:52 PM EST

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It may have taken an extended shootout and it may have come against the worst team in the NHL, but the Detroit Red Wings escaped with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets for their 16th straight win at Joe Louis Arena. The win extends the new franchise mark—a record that had previously stood for 47 years. Who knew it would take a Valterri Filppula goal in the fourth round of shootout to earn the victory?

Detroit’s head coach Mike Babcock displayed a little clairvoyance when he warned that the game against the Blue Jackets had all the makings of a trap game. The Red Wings had to come back in the second period to tie the game; then they were forced to hold on at the end of regulation while they killed a five-minute major handed down to Henrik Zetterberg for boarding. Still, even without their best effort, they were still able to avoid the upset.

“We haven’t been as efficient as we’d like to be,” Babcock told Ansar Khan at mlive.com, “but we’ve found a way to grind out points.” They’ve been able to grind out enough points to surge to the top of the league with 65 points.

The Red Wings will have an opportunity to extend their record home winning streak when they face off with the red-hot St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. They’ll need a far better effort if they want to the streak to reach 17 games though.

  1. millertime30 - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Meanwhile… The Sabres continue to ruin my life.

  2. kiopta1 - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Go Wings!

  3. micasa81 - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Wings are hot at home right now, but how is this a meaningful record when ties don’t happen anymore?

    • polegojim - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      Ummmm…. because you see… WINS do count.

      16 wins in a row at home is a big deal, because there are no Losses in between.

      • micasa81 - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        Yes, but a tie would have broken the win streak. Shootout wins now would have been ties before.

  4. polegojim - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Congrats Red Wings for being on top of the NHL once again w 65 points

    These last 20 years have helped me to forget the preceding 20!

    Let’s GO RED WINGS! Beat the Blues!

  5. blomfeld - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    The Wings sure look good again, as do the Blackhawks and Blues. It’s going to be harder than ever this year for the Sisters & Company to repeat as conference champions. In fact, now I don’t even see that “remotely” happening. What I see is either a Wings-Bruins final or a Hawks-Bruins final … either way, it’ll be great !

  6. dgrindsports - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Huge game for the Detroit Red Wings monday vs. the STL Blues. 2-2 head to head this season … Blues are on a roll, so are Wings.
    Really, you probably want to check this one out. There’s badass, and then there’s David Backes.
    Google: Daily Grind Sports

  7. terminalcityhockey - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    So what is the record for consecutive home game wins then?

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