Joey McDonald back-stopped the Detroit Red Wings to their 18th win, against the Edmonton Oilers last night (4-2) at Joe Louis Arena. It was those same Oilers that snaped a (6-0) shootout record (Staurday night) the Wings were on, so it wasn't unthinkable they (Oilers) could put an end to another streak. The Wings played well at times, they took a 2-0 lead going into the middle of the 2nd period with goals from,(Johan) Franzen and (Cory) Emmerton. 11:08 of the 2nd period, Sam Gagner retrieved his 'hot' stick from the teams lock box and backhanded a rebound past McDonald. 8:23 into the 3rd period, Gagner fired up his stick again and potted his second of the night with a PP goal to tie it up 2-2. Two minutes later (Drew) Miller put the Wings ahead, (Henrik) Zetterburg put the game out of reach with his 1st goal in 10 games at 14:44 of the 3rd.
"People that don't travel with us and just watch home games have no idea how hard it is to come back and what a grind it is," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "This game is always a tough one to win. We knew that coming in. We're going to give our team a day off (Thursday). Ideally, we'll be freshened up and ready to go by the next one."
Next on the Red Wings radar is the Anaheim Ducks. Sitting in 13th spot in the West, the Ducks are somewhat of a surprise this year. They are only 8 points out of a playoff spot and are surging (7-2-1) in their last 10 games. With the likes of (Corey)Perry, (Ryan)Getzlaf and (Bobby)Ryan, this team is talented, don't let their record fool you. The Ducks know every win is important for them to get back in the playoff hunt. Friday night will be a tough test for the Red Wings to keep the streak alive.
"The home win streak is really unique," Miller said. "I don't think we go into it really trying to say, `Hey, let's do it to get this streak.' I think we're just trying to establish our game at home and play night in and night out the way that we should play."
Boston Bruins won 20 home games in 1929-30, the Philadelphia Flyers 1976. So that's where the NHL record stands at 20 games. The record will either be broken, tied or the Wings will come up short. One things for certain, if the streak gets to 20 games, that game will be played Sunday February 12th against the Flyers. Can't make this stuff up. I'm sure the Flyers will do anything and everything in their power to keep Deroit from joining them. Whatever the case may be it's getting interesting in Hockeytown. The winning will only get tougher in their home games faceing the, Stars, Predators and the Sharks.
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