Detroit needed but one win to claim the best streak in franchise history, but were thwarted last night by the Kings, the AP reports. LA, who own the dubious honor of having the fewest points in the NHL, stymied the Wings' eight-game winning streak by surging back from a 3-1 deficit, scoring four unanswered in the third. Elsewhere in the NHL:
- Dany Heatley returned triumphantly to the ice following a shoulder injury, scoring two goals and earning an assist for Ottawa. The Sens, who went 3-8 without Heatley, outlasted the Panthers 5-4.
- Vaclav Prospal was the difference for Tampa, sealing a 2-1 victory over the Predators less than a minute into OT. The win marks the Lightnings' sixth straight on the road.