Darren Helm scored with 18 seconds left in regulation to lift the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Kings last night in Los Angeles. Daniel Cleary gave Detroit a 1-0 lead just before the first-period buzzer and then the Kings tied it up at 15:38 of the final frame. Red Wing’s rookie goalie Jimmy Howard stopped a career-high 51-of-52 shots, including 27 in the second period, as the Wings won for the third time in four games. Howard said even though the king’s offense really came at him hard all night long, he didn’t have any fatigue problems. It was Howard’s career-high seventh straight start.
Chris Osgood has started in goal in only six of Detroit’s last 28 games after giving up five goals at Toronto a month ago. Last night’s victory was a boost to the Red Wings after they learned that their leading scorer this season, left-wing Thomas Holmstrom, is expected to be out up to 4 weeks after breaking his foot during practice on Wednesday. Tomorrow night, the Red Wings play at San Jose.
In the ECHL tonight and tomorrow night at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo hosts Charlotte. And in college hockey, it’s Western Michigan vs. Michigan tonight at Lawson Ice Arena and then tomorrow night, the Broncos and Wolverines face off in Ann Arbor.