Sun, Feb 19, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Red Wings win their 22nd home game in a row

AP, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk scored with five seconds left to give the Red Wings their 22nd consecutive home victory, beating the Nashville Predators 2-1 in the NHL on Friday.

Three nights after breaking the NHL single-season record for consecutive home victories, the Red Wings tied the mark for successive wins across two seasons. The Boston Bruins closed the 1929 to 1930 season with 20 victories at home and won their first two the following season.

Detroit can break the record today against San Jose.

Datsyuk beat the goalie with a high wrist shot from the slot after eluding a defenseman. He also had an assist on Johan Franzen’s goal.

Nick Spaling scored for Nashville.

Capitals 2, Panthers 1

In Sunrise, Florida, Alexander Semin scored the tiebreaking goal with 6 minutes, 33 seconds to go, lifting Washington over Florida.

Semin took a slap shot from above the right circle and the puck deflected off the stick of an opponent and past the goalie’s glove.

Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves against his former team, while Alex Ovechkin scored his team-best 24th of the season for the Capitals, who moved to within two points of the first-place Panthers in the Southeast Division.

Tomas Fleischmann scored for Florida.

Jets 4, Bruins 2

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bryan Little scored twice in the third period to help Winnipeg beat Boston.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and two assists, while Alexander Burmistrov also scored for the Jets, who won on consecutive nights for the first time this season.

Jordan Caron and David Krejci scored for the Northeast Division-leading Bruins.

Devils 3, Ducks 2, SO

In Newark, New Jersey, Ilva Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored shootout goals as New Jersey beat red-hot Anaheim.

Martin Brodeur made 36 saves and preserved the shootout win with a pad save on Ryan Getzlaf as the Devils handed the Ducks only their seventh loss since the start of the year.

Getzlaf appeared to score early in overtime, but a review showed he kicked the puck into the net.

In other NHL play, it was:

‧ Hurricanes 3, Sharks 2

‧ Canadiens 4, Sabres 3, SO

‧ Avalanche 3, Oilers 1

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