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by Paul on 02/13/12 at 12:05 PM ET
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
The first team to pull off that long a string was Boston (1929-30) and matched by the Broad Street Bullies in 1976-77 – aka: The Good Old Days for Philly fans, and an era that has seen their team crushed by the big celestial wheel of what-comes-around-goes-around in every season since.
Except…both those teams pulled off the feat without the assistance of loser points.
The Wings, you see, have won four of their 19 straight in overtime or the shootout.
So in terms of the rules in 1976 or 1930 – in other words, ties – it would be an undefeated streak, which isn’t quite the same thing as a winning streak.
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
During the Wings’ streak, which reached 20 with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, they’ve outscored their opponents 84-30. Starting goalie Jimmy Howard missed the last three home games, and yet the streak’s alive — with a chance at making history at home on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars.
“Ooooooh, but is it reeeallly history?” proclaim the “consider the circumstances” crowd, like our boy Brian Stubits on CBS Eye on Hockey. After all, three of the Red Wings’ wins came in the shootout. The Flyers and Bruins had no such opportunity for hollow, counterfeit victories!
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