–Michal Handzus high-sticked Nicklas Lidstrom along the boards late in the second period, opening a cut on the Detroit captain’s lower lip that required stitches after the game. But officials missed what would have been a double-minor penalty for drawing blood. Seconds later, the Kings scored what proved to be the winning goal, by Dustin Brown. Lidstrom complained, but to no avail — the referees told him they didn’t see it.

–C Darren Helm isn’t sure if he’s developing a better finishing touch, but lately he has been burying some of the many scoring chances he creates with his speed and hard work. Helm scored his third goal in his last five games Wednesday. He has 10 goals this season, one less than his career high, set in 2009-10. Helm said he’s learning to be a little more patient when he gets his chances.

“There’s four (officials) out there and no one saw it, so I guess there’s nothing you can do when they say they can’t see it. It’s very disappointing. They score moments after. It should be a four-minute power play for us, instead they score the game-winner.” — Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, on getting high-sticked by Michal Handzus, a play the officials missed.

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