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Red Wings squeeze by Ducks on historic night

Feb 10, 2012, 10:54 PM EST

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Win or lose, Friday night was bound to be heavy on history for the Detroit Red Wings.

Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom reached their milestones for games played, as the polarizing winger hit Game No. 1,000 while Lidstrom tied Alex Delvecchio for second place in Red Wings history with 1,549.

Those individual milestones were cleared on each players’ first shift, but the team’s other brush with history wasn’t settled until Joey MacDonald stopped Bobby Ryan‘s shootout attempt. Detroit inched one win closer to tying the NHL’s all-time record for consecutive wins (20)* with their 19th by barely squeezing by the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 (SO).

The Red Wings have needed extra time to keep the streak alive quite a bit lately. Four of their last seven home wins have come after regulation, with three being determined by a shootout.

More on the 19-game streak

Some purists might try to poke holes in Detroit’s run based on those facts if they get to (or beyond) 20 straight wins at Joe Louis Arena, but it’s an impressive run nonetheless. NHL Network provides some interesting stats from the 19-game streak:

Goals for: 79
Goals against: 27
Power play percentage: 20
Penalty kill percentage: 82.4

You can watch the Red Wings try to match the 20-win record on NBC Sports Network as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET. If Detroit wins that, a Tuesday night game against the Dallas Stars would be all that stands in the Detroit’s way from becoming the sole leader in that impressive record.

Looking beyond the pursuit of the record

Shifting from historical impacts to a shorter-term view of the season, the Red Wings have four consecutive home games, six of seven and eight of their next 10 at Joe Louis Arena going forward. If the Red Wings stays hot in Detroit, the team could build a truly formidable lead in the Central Division and the Western Conference as a whole.

* The 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers share that record.

  1. kibbee2545 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Wings just keep on rolling. Way to go wings

  2. detroitcityryda - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    I only watch hockey during playoffs season is way boring

    • bensawesomeness - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      really glad you took the time to say that.

    • yettyskills - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:26 AM

      LOL

    • gaborik104life - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      This is what confuses me. You call yourself a fan (I’m guessing). You come on a site for hockey meaning you like the sport sort of yet you do not watch the regular season for a team that has been dominant for most of it’s history and call it boring. All that sounds to me like your an idiot who doesn’t understand the game and can’t enjoy the sport

      • hockinj25 - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        It’s called a troll

  3. streetskater1989 - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Fly guys gonna defend that record sunday.

  4. geo91 - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Be a real fan and watch the regular season, this game was awesome. Your probably the guy who boo’s Hossa for turning down $100 million to give us a shot at the cup while playing with a shoulder needing 6 months recovery post surgery

  5. Derrick - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Hopefully they get it done on Sunday. The Wings are wearing commemorative Lokomotiv patches for the game, so it would be great to honor the guys we lost and get 20 at home. The Flyers are a good team though. It’s going to be a great game! Let’s Go Red Wings!

  6. Jeff - Feb 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Impressive as the streak is, the Wings need to wrk on their road game, and finishing opponents regulation.

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