Steve Yzerman reached a milestone, and had an opportunity to share the moment with the Hall of Famer he passed.
Yzerman had an assist and moved past Gordie Howe for seventh place on the NHL's all-time list after Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk scored twice last night to lead the Red Wings to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Detroit.
After Yzerman's 1,050th assist, Howe was in the dressing room to congratulate him.
''One of the advantages, one of the special things, about playing in Detroit or Montreal is guys like Gordie Howe walk in the room," Yzerman said. ''I didn't know he was here tonight, it was kind of a coincidence to get that assist on a night that he's here."
Yzerman surpassed Howe, another Red Wings legend, with a play that showed he can still contribute in his 23d season.
He carried the puck up the ice, and made such a good crossing pass to Robert Lang that he was able to score easily at 14:10 of the third. The crowd gave Yzerman a standing ovation when the milestone was announced, and chanted ''Stev-ie! Stev-ie!"
In the only scheduled meeting between two of the NHL's top teams, the game was scoreless until midway through the second period. After the third began, 1-1, the Red Wings had five goals and the Flyers scored twice.
''It's the best team we've faced," said Philadelphia's Simon Gagne, who scored his 30th and 31st goals. If Philadelphia ran out of energy, it had a legitimate excuse as it finished the longest road trip in franchise history with its 11th straight game away from home. The Flyers ended the trip 8-2-1.
''Philadelphia is a great team, but I think we caught them a little tired," said Brendan Shanahan, whose line with Zetterberg and Datsyuk was dominant.
Sharks 2, Senators 0 -- Evgeni Nabokov got his first shutout of the season and Patrick Marleau and Nils Ekman scored to help San Jose extend its winning streak to five games with a victory over the Senators in Ottawa.
Marleau beat Dominik Hasek on a breakaway in the second period and Ekman finished off a two-on-one with Joe Thornton in the third, just moments after Nabokov gloved a rolling puck just in front of the goal line to keep San Jose ahead.
Rangers 5, Oilers 4 -- Jaromir Jagr scored just 14 seconds into overtime to lift the Rangers to a win over Edmonton on Mark Messier night at Madison Square Garden.
The game started after both teams sat on their benches throughout the 1-hour-15-minute number retirement ceremony in honor of former Rangers captain Messier.
Coyotes 2, Sabres 1 -- Geoff Sanderson scored the only goal in the shootout to give visiting Phoenix a victory over Buffalo.
Islanders 3, Flames 2 -- In Uniondale, N.Y., Rick DiPietro made 28 saves in his return to the Islanders to help Brad Shaw win his first game as an NHL head coach.
Panthers 3, Blues 1 -- Olli Jokinen and Joe Nieuwendyk scored in the first period and the Panthers beat St. Louis in Sunrise, Fla.
Stars 4, Capitals 1 -- Jason Arnott had two goals and an assist and host Dallas beat Washington for the Stars' fifth straight win.