2/19/2012 6:07:57 PM
Henrik Zetterberg, Drew Miller and Darren Helm provided the goals for Detroit,
which swept a six-game homestand to stretch its winning streak at Joe Louis
Arena to 23 games.
The Red Wings broke the Boston Bruins' mark for the longest home winning
streak over multiple seasons. The Bruins won their final 20 games of the
1929-30 season and opened the following campaign with a pair of home wins.
"It was a big game for us because to be a really good hockey team you have to
pass the big tests," said Helm. "I thought we played well tonight and we're
able to keep things rolling."
Joey MacDonald made 31 saves to win his sixth straight start in place of Jimmy
Howard, who is recovering from a broken right index finger.
Antti Niemi stopped 25 shots for San Jose, which had won five straight against
the Red Wings and four in a row in the Motor City.
"They defend pretty well over there and he (MacDonald) makes the big saves
when they need him to," said San Jose forward Joe Pavelski.
The Sharks suffered their third consecutive loss to fall to 1-3-1 on a nine-
game road trip.
Zetterberg whipped a backhander through traffic past Niemi, giving the Red
Wings a 1-0 lead 6:30 into the game.
The teams traded goals in the second period, and Detroit's Justin Abdelkader
had a role in both of them.
First, he drove down the slot and tipped Miller's pass. Niemi made the save on
the deflection, but Miller followed up the play and buried the rebound for a
2-0 lead at 10:40.
Roughly four minutes later, the Sharks converted on a power play with an
assist from the Red Wing forward. San Jose forward Logan Couture was
positioned to MacDonald's right and swatted the puck out of the air. The disc
bounced off the top of the net and was inadvertently knocked in by Abdelkader
as it descended.
Detroit regained its two-goal lead when Helm, off a feed from Miller, scored
on a one-timer in the high slot at 7:01 of the third period.
San Jose's Brent Burns picked off a poor clearing attempt by Detroit
defenseman Ian White and Patrick Marleau wound up slipping the puck past a
prone MacDonald with 4:44 to play.
The Sharks pulled Niemi in an effort to produce the equalizer, but to no
San Jose center Michal Handzus played in his 900th career NHL game...The
Sharks activated defenseman Jason Demers from injured reserve on Sunday. He
had missed nine games with a lower-body injury.