(Yes, that's Master P dropping a ceremonial first puck with Willie O'Ree.)
The Chicago captain helped the Blackhawks to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild contributing a goal and two assists for the team's fifth victory in a row. Toews notched his 23rd of the season as the Blackhawks scored three times in the period. His final point of the night came off a shorthanded 2-on-1 with Marian Hossa(notes), who finished it off to record a goal in his fourth straight game:
With two goals on the night, Miller recorded the first multi-goal game of his career as the Red Wings downed the Los Angeles Kings 7-4. Detroit potted seven in a row after Los Angeles scored early in the first period to take a 1-0 lead.
On the day he agreed to a new two-year deal with the Red Wings, Howard stopped 35 shots and earned his league-leading 31st win. Detroit's won seven of their last nine and currently sit three points behind the Vancouver Canucks for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Honorable mention: Detroit's win was their sixth straight on the road ... Martin Havlat(notes) scored his 20th of the season and fourth in six games ... Corey Crawford(notes) has won six of his last seven starts and tied Sergei Bobrovsky(notes) with his 24th win among rookie goaltenders ... Finally, John Scott(notes) and Brad Staubitz(notes) with your only scrap of the evening:
Did you know? Jonathan Toews now has 23 points in his last 14 games.
Dishonorable mention: Five members of the Wild finished a minus-2 ... Rough night for Jonathan Quick(notes) allowing six goals on 24 shots ... Twice the Red Wings scored on consecutive shots against Quick ... The loss was the seventh time this season the Kings have allowed at least five goals in a game.