Irvine (18) opened up the scoring in Los Angeles to give the Kings a 1-0 lead, an advantage they would carry over into the second period. Cue Detroit with five unanswered goals, four of them coming in the middle frame, to take a stranglehold on the match and put themselves in the mix for a higher playoff position.
Crashley (3), G Jarrett (32), and MacGregor (17) with his game-winning goal before the second intermission, added to the two tallies by Delvecchio (20) who also had an assist. Howe notched up three helpers to aid the Wings in taking back-to-back victories and, with only one defeat in thirteen games, they are just three points back of the third-place Maple Leafs.
Los Angeles remain in fourth place out West, Labossierre (19) and H Hughes (7) scoring in their sides third loss in the past five games, but Minnesota are one point back with a game in hand.
DET Edwards (13-19-9 .892) 24/27, Powerplay 0/0
LAK Rutledge (19-19-4 .893) 40/45, Powerplay 0/1
|Toronto Maple Leafs||64||33||21||10||76|
|Detroit Red Wings||65||31||23||11||73|
|New York Rangers||65||26||26||13||65|
|St Louis Blues||64||27||27||10||64|
|Los Angeles Kings||66||25||33||8||58|
|Minnesota North Stars||65||21||29||15||57|