The resurgent Chicago Blackhawks have the NHL's top two rookie scorers - and the Detroit Red Wings' number.
NHL rookie scoring leader Patrick Kane had a power-play goal and an assist to help host Chicago beat Detroit, 3-2, last night, ending the Red Wings' franchise record-tying winning streak at nine games.
Jonathan Toews, second in rookie scoring, also had a power-play goal, Yanic Perreault connected at even strength, and Jason Williams and Robert Lang each had two assists for Chicago in its third straight victory and third of the season over Detroit.
"It's always a confidence builder to beat a team like that," Toews said. "We all knew how big a game this was for our team and our club on and off the ice.
"We just knew if we wanted to win, we had to go out and have a great start and keep doing things we've done the last week or so.
Jiri Hudler and Nicklas Lidstrom scored for the Red Wings, 13-3-1 overall. Anaheim is the only other team to have beaten Detroit so far.
The Blackhawks, who have missed the playoffs in eight of the previous nine seasons, improved to 10-7-0 and show signs of having turned the corner.
"It's exciting," Kane said. "I don't know if we expected it to happen this quick."
The Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg, the NHL's leading scorer, had an assist to run his season-opening points streak to 17 games.
Avalanche 4, Wild 2 - Paul Stastny had two goals and an assist to help Colorado beat Minnesota in Denver.
Peter Budaj stopped 25 shots, and Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which is 7-1-1 over its last nine games.