The 20,066 on hand inside Joe Louis Arena indulged in their favorite Journey song after seeing their Red Wings win for the 21st time in a row on Tuesday night, as Detroit set the NHL record for consecutive home wins with a 3-1 victory over the Stars.
They surpassed the 1929-'30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Flyers, who had each won 20 straight on home ice, a level of dominance that was once thought extinct in today's NHL, what with the parity of having a 30-team league with a salary cap.
But they did it. They got hot, and they stayed hot.
Jimmy Howard, their all-star goaltender, broke his finger 10 days ago. It didn't phase them. In fact, Joey MacDonald has excelled in his short stint with the Wings since being recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL.
It was MacDonald manning the pipes tonight in the record-breaking victory at JLA. He posted 20 saves, and nearly had a shutout if not for Adam Burish's goal with 32.8 remaining in regulation.
But by then it didn't matter. The party had already started for the Red Wings and their fans, who were counting down until they could scream "BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTH DETROOOOIT" for the 21st straight game.
Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart, who ended up with the game-winning goal for all you trivia buffs, got the scoring started early, giving Detroit a 2-0 cushion in the first period. Jiri Hudler added a third goal five minutes into the third and the countdown to Journey was on.
Watch the final seconds tick away and the players salute the home fans after their 55th consecutive sellout:
For those of you that couldn't watch the game live, Kevin Allen of USA Today was running a live-blog, recording the action on the ice as well as the atmosphere in the stands as the night went on.
As time ran down, a playoff-like atmosphere inside Joe Louis Arena celebrated being in attendance for this landmark event. Chants of "Twenty-one" and "Joey! Joey!" filled the arena. Detroit kept pace with the LUNDsane Rangers, who blanked the Bruins in Boston, 3-0, to take a one-point lead in the Presidents Trophy race.
The Red Wings will go for number 22 on Friday night, when they host the Nashville Predators. Though they've obviously been fairly strong on home ice lately, they sit just four points ahead of Vancouver for the Western Conference lead and have played two more games.
So while they'll cherish the notion of breaking an NHL record that's stood for over 80 years, they won't be able to enjoy it for long before getting back to work
TERRIBLE article period!!! most stolen from Kevin Allen of USA Today. God I wish you knew anything about hockey, I just read your twitter and you take a shot at a guy on the NHLN, but you can't even write something for yourself. Take a look in the mirror dummy, and maybe learn the sport instead of pretending to know about it, probably never played a sport in your life, just sit around and criticize others. Wow your pathetic, I can't wait to never come across you or this terrible blog again
Someone who will never get my time back wasted reading this idiots blog
Hello "guest," and thanks for the read! That's a lovely name, by the way. Did you choose to stay anonymous or did you really just forget to write your name in the comment box?
I appreciate the feedback and found your insufferable rant just amusing enough to break down line-by-line. First of all, I shudder to think if you even knew if Jamie McLennan (the guy on NHL Network) had an NHL career without a quick Google search. I doubt it though.
As for the article you enjoyed so much, without going into my extensive hockey background as a player, coach and writer, I'd like to quickly point out that this is a news article, and rather not a column. While Kevin Allen of USA Today did a great job with last night's coverage (as you see, I clearly attributed his work in the article), there wasn't exactly much to go on. For your information, my sources were NHL.com and NHL Tonight.
Wherever you read a straight news article about the Red Wings-Stars game last night, whether it be your local paper, ProHockeyTalk or even USA Today, it will be sure to have most of the same stats and content you just gleefully waded through above. So don't get upset next time you see someone say that MacDonald was brought up from Grand Rapids 10 days ago. That's public knowledge, not a scoop that required attribution.
I sure do hope your stay at community college lasted more than a week, and if not, you should really consider going back, if anything to bone up on some of the finer points of journalism.
Thanks for playin. And we're glad you won't be gracing us with your presence any longer at THS. You were never welcome in the first place. Tell your friends!!!
This is the dumbest comment I've ever seen. Where did this dipshit come from and thank god he isn't coming back