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NHL: Red Wings clinch a 23rd home win


The Detroit Red Wings won their 23rd straight home game, breaking the NHL overall record with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

Detroit, which broke the single-season record of 20 on Tuesday night, surpassed the 22 wins in a row the Boston Bruins had over two seasons more than eight decades ago.

Henrik Zetterberg and Drew Miller gave Detroit a two-goal lead midway through the second period and Darren Helm restored the two-goal edge 7 minutes, 1 second into the third. Logan Couture scored late in the second period for the Sharks and Patrick Marleau pulled them within a goal with 4:44 left.

Detroit’s Joey MacDonald, filling in for the injured Jimmy Howard, made 31 saves.


In Sunrise, Florida, Teemu Selanne scored in the first period and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for his third shutout of the season in Anaheim’s victory over Florida.

The 41-year-old Selanne is the oldest player to score 20 goals in an NHL season since Johnny Bucyk did it for Boston in the 1976 to 1977 season.

Niklas Hagman added an empty-net goal. The Ducks have earned at least a point in nine straight games.


In New York, Derek Stepan scored 22 seconds into overtime to lift New York past Columbus.

Columbus captain Rick Nash, the subject of trade rumors — including those involving the Rangers — got the Blue Jackets even at two with 1:33 left in regulation.

Artem Anisimov snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who got back to their winning ways following a 4-2 loss at home to Chicago on Thursday night.

New York (38-14-5) has won five of six and nine of 12 (9-2-1) and leads second-place Boston by nine points.

Brad Richards gave the Rangers a first-period lead, while Derick Brassard leveled it in the second.


In Buffalo, New York, Derek Roy scored twice and added an assist to help Buffalo snap a four-game losing streak.

Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists, while Ryan Miller made 24 saves, including stopping Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin on breakaway attempts in the second period.

Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo.

Deryk Engelland and Jordan Staal scored for Pittsburgh.


In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bryan Little scored twice as Winnipeg beat Colorado to move into a tie with Toronto for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Ondrej Pavelec made 31 saves to help the Jets, playing the second game in an eight-game -homestand, increase their winning streak to three and close within a point of Southeast Division-leading Florida.

Evander Kane had a goal and an assist, Kyle Wellwood and Andrew Ladd also scored and Blake Wheeler had four assists. Gabriel Landeskog scored for Colorado.


In St Paul, Minnesota, Niklas Backstrom made a career-high 48 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, while Matt Cullen and Chad Rau scored in Minnesota’s victory over Boston.

Tim Thomas made 27 saves for Boston. The Bruins have lost six of 10.

In other NHL play, it was:

‧ Blackhawks 3, Blues 1

‧ Devils 3, Canadiens 1

‧ Predators 3, Stars 2

‧ Canucks 5, Oilers 2

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