DETROIT -- The streak is alive -- and the Detroit Red Wings have three of their best players to thank for it.
Pavel Datsyuk broke a 1-1 tie by scoring with just 5.8 seconds left in regulation to give the Wings a 2-1 victory against the Nashville Predators on Friday night, extending their NHL-record home winning streak to 22 games.
With overtime looming, Nicklas Lidstrom controlled a bouncing puck in the neutral zone and backhanded a pass to Henrik Zetterberg, whose no-look pass caught Datsyuk in stride just as he hit the Nashville blue line.
Datsyuk took over from there, stickhandling around defenseman Ryan Suter before wristing a 15-footer over the left shoulder of goalie Pekka Rinne (29 saves) for his 16th goal -- sending the crowd into hysterics.
The crowd in P-Ville and Leavenworth went into hysterics, too. There are very few things in life more exciting than a late, late, LATE third period game-winning goal. My neighbors... or anyone passing in the street at that exact moment... might have thought there was a murder goin' on inside El Casa Inmóvil de Pennington. It was THAT loud. Yes, it was. But that was nuthin' compared to bein' inside The Joe. Witness (and note the clock at upper left):