Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen scored in the second period as the Detroit Red Wings beat the St Louis Blues 3-1 on Monday for their 17th straight home win — the NHL’s longest single-season streak in 36 years.
The Red Wings’ spurt is the league’s fourth longest. Detroit (33-15-1) have won seven in a row overall and they lead the NHL with 67 points.
Niklas Kronwall sealed the win with a power-play goal with 3 minutes, 3 seconds left. Jimmy Howard made 21 saves to earn his NHL-leading 30th win.
Scott Nichol put the Blues ahead midway through the first period, but they could not get the puck past Howard again.
Detroit at home are three wins away from matching the league record of 20 wins, set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-1930 season and matched by Philadelphia in 1976.
PREDATORS 4, BLUE JACKETS 1
In Nashville, Tennessee, Mike Fisher scored two goals as Nashville beat Columbus for their third straight victory and their 11th in 13 games.
Fisher has scored six of his 11 goals against the Blue Jackets.
Matt Halischuk and Patric Hornqvist both scored, while Ryan Suter had two assists as Nashville won for the 12th time in 14 home games. Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots for a franchise-record and career-high eighth straight victory.
Rick Nash scored for Columbus to avoid the shutout.
Monday’s other results:
‧ Maple Leafs 3, Islanders 0
‧ Hurricanes 2, Jets 1
‧ Kings 4, Senators 1
‧ Oilers 2, Sharks 1, SO