2014 Winter Olympics: Canada vs. Latvia
Kristaps Sotnieks of Latvia reaches over goalkeeper Kristers Gudlevskis for the puck during the third period of the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff against Canada on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 19 in Sochi, Russia. (Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings
won their 23rd straight home game, setting an NHL
multiple-season mark and holding on to beat the San Jose Sharks
Detroit, which broke the league's single-season record of 20 on Tuesday, surpassed the 22 wins in a row the Boston Bruins had over two seasons more than eight decades ago.
Henrik Zetterberg and Drew Miller gave Detroit a two-goal lead midway through the second period and Darren Helm restored the two-goal edge 7:01 into the third.
Logan Couture scored late in the second period for the Sharks and Patrick Marleau pulled them within a goal with 4:44 left.
The Red Wings won their sixth straight game, all in a homestand at Joe Louis Arena, and have an NHL-high 84 points.
Detroit's Joey MacDonald, filling in for the injured Jimmy Howard, made 31 saves.
The Pacific Division-leading Sharks have lost six of eight.
San Jose's Antti Niemi gave up a goal on the second shot he faced and finished with 25 saves.
The Red Wings snapped a five-game losing streak against San Jose in the regular season, beating a team that has eliminated them in the second round in each of the past two postseasons.
Detroit got off to a good start against the Sharks, getting goals from Zetterberg 6:30 into the game and Miller midway through the second, but it wasn't easy to beat them as usual.
Miller's centering pass set up Helm for a shot from the slot in the third. Later, Marleau finished off a goal-mouth scramble by stuffing the puck past MacDonald.
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