I stole that line from NHL.com... but it's true: the 2011-2012 Red Wings are the SOLE owners of the NHL's record for most consecutive home wins.
The final score was 3-1 and it was never close... Joey MacDonald had the Stars shut out until the final 30 seconds of the third when Dallas scored on a deflection. But no matter. We had the win. From NHL.com:
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have done something that no other NHL team had done before.
By defeating the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena, they became the first team in League history to win 21 straight games on home ice – and by the looks of things, they might keep winning here for a while.
No longer are they tied with the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers, who both won 20 straight games in their own barns. That Bruins team, technically speaking, won 22 straight between the end of that season and the start of the next, but the NHL doesn't carry over wins for records purposes – and nobody in Detroit cares much about such technicalities now.
The Wings have outscored opponents 84-31, including 31-9, during the streak. They've gotten two points in all 21 home games they've played since losing 4-1 to Calgary on Nov. 3 -- the streak began two nights later with a 5-0 victory against Anaheim.
There's been a lot of talk among hockey pundits about how this record should come with an asterisk, as the Bruins and the Flyers didn't have the benefit of the shoot-out. There will always be naysayers, but the simple fact is the Wings have done something no other team has ever done, and set a record that's liable to go unbeaten or unmatched for a long, long time.
Well Done, Wings. Very well done.