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Detroit extends home win streak to 23

Feb 19, 2012, 3:24 PM EST

Joey MacDonald, Niklas Kronwall, Drew Miller AP

The San Jose Sharks are actually one of the few teams that have managed to beat the Detroit Red Wings at home this season, having done so on Oct. 28. However, they could not repeat that feat on Sunday as the Red Wings earned their 23rd consecutive victory at home.

This time, Drew Miller was the unlikely hero, scoring the game-winning goal and registering an assist for the Red Wings.

Joey MacDonald stayed hot, turning aside 31 of 33 Sharks shots while preserving his personal six-game winning streak. MacDonald has also allowed just two or fewer goals in each of his last three starts.

Logan Couture netted his 25th goal of the season at 14:33 of the second period to make it a 2-1 game. Joe Thornton also registered his 40th assist on the goal, which makes this the 10th consecutive season that he has reached that milestone.

Darren Helm netted what would prove to be the game-winning goal midway through the third period. San Jose’s Patrick Marleau made it interesting by scoring his 23rd goal of the season with just 4:44 remaining in regulation, it ultimately proved to be too little, too late.

For Detroit, Sunday’s victory concluded their six-game homestand, but their matchup in Chicago on Tuesday should be a heated contest. They’ll then return home for a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday as the two squads fight for the first seed in the Western Conference.

The San Jose Sharks have now lost three straight games and are in serious jeopardy of losing their paper thin grip on the Pacific Division lead. They’ll try to rebound on Tuesday against the last place Columbus Blue Jackets.

  1. kiopta1 - Feb 19, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Go Wings!

  2. polegojim - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Seriously Men vs boys in the 3rd period. Wings were flying and attacking with gusto.

    Downing the sharks is another monkey off their back too. Without the flukey second shark goal, it’s not even close.

    Great scrap by Abdelkader.

    Awesome win RED WINGS!!!

    • polegojim - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      PS – even Milbury has repented.

  3. kitshky - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Thursday night is gonna be a monster … could be (should be) one of the best games of the year.

  4. wingsrule12 - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Ok 23 in a row now Mike Milbury can shut his mouth about the streak. Thank you NBC for letting Ken Daniels do the game. Much better than having to suffer through Mike Emerick

  5. tribesofneurot - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Congrats to the Wings!!!!!

  6. jimeejohnson - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Wings deserve congrats!

  7. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    over-rated

    • danphipps01 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      You’re just bitter because the Pens couldn’t cut it the first time.

  8. Jeff - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    This streak is truly amazing.

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