Wings set NHL record with 21 straight wins at home - WNEM TV 5

Wings set NHL record with 21 straight wins at home

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings won an NHL-record 21st straight home game, beating the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart scored midway through the first period for the Red Wings, who broke the mark of 20 set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-30 season, and matched by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976.

Fans at Joe Louis Arena gave the team a standing ovation in the final minute and were chanting: "21! 21!" After the game, the Red Wings raised their sticks to acknowledge the cheering fans.

In the NHL's seven seasons with a shootout to eliminate tie games, Boston won 14 straight at home during the 2008-09 season. That was the longest streak until Detroit's current run of dominance in the Motor City.


Spurs outlast Wallace, Pistons 99-95

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Tim Duncan had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a spirited Detroit rally to beat the Pistons 99-95 on Tuesday night for their eighth consecutive victory.

Detroit trailed by 15 in the fourth quarter but came back to take the lead behind Ben Wallace, the veteran big man who set a record by appearing in his 1,055th career game - the most for an undrafted player since the NBA-ABA merger.

The Spurs finally took the lead for good on Tony Parker's driving layup with 1:13 remaining.

Parker also made a floater with 27.2 seconds to play to give San Antonio a 95-92 lead, and Ben Gordon couldn't convert from the left corner for the Pistons.


Wallace sets record for undrafted player

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Detroit's Ben Wallace has appeared in his 1,055th game, a record for an undrafted player since the 1976-77 NBA-ABA merger.

Wallace was tied with Avery Johnson before entering Tuesday night's game against San Antonio in the first quarter. The home crowd gave him a nice cheer when he went in, and when his record was announced at the end of the quarter, he received a standing ovation.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who coached Johnson, was among those applauding.

The 37-year-old Wallace - a 4-time defensive player of the year - is in his 16th season. He has said it will be his last.


Central Michigan sweeps Eastern Michigan 55-52

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Austin McBroom scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half to help Central Michigan break a 9-game losing streak with a 55-52 victory over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night.

Trey Zeigler had 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for the Chippewas (8-17, 3-9 Mid-American), who swept the season series.

Derek Thompson hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead the Eagles (11-15, 6-6), who have lost 4 of 5. Jamell Harris added 10 points.

Central Michigan shot 47% (23 of 49) but converted only 3 of 10 free throws. The Chippewas piled up a rebounding advantage of 36-23.

Eastern Michigan, which still leads the MAC Eastern Division, trailed 36-32 before McBroom scored on three consecutive possessions to put the Chippewas ahead 42-32 with 7:53 to go.

The Eagles got no closer than six after that until Thompson's 3-pointer with 2 seconds left.

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