Mike Foligno snapped a 2-2 tie with a goal at 7:32 of the third period today as the host Detroit Red Wings went on to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, in a game marred by a full-scale brawl midway in the final period.
Detroit's last victory came over Montreal, 3-2, Nov. 6, 11 games ago.
It also was the first National Hockey League victory for Coach Wayne Maxner, who had gone four games without a triumph after taking over from Ted Lindsay.
The Flyers, who have the NHL's best record (18-6-4), suffered their first defeat in six games.
In Montreal, first-period goals by Rod Langway and Bob Gainey carried the Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.
In Bloomington, Minn., third-period goals by Don Luce and Ric Seiling rallied the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-3 tie with the North Stars.
In Los Angeles, the Kings defeated the New York Islanders, 5-3.
In Calgary, Alberta, Blaine Stoughton scored a short-handed goal early in the third period to break a 2-2 tie, leading the Whalers to a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
In Pittsburgh, Greg Malone and Pat Hughes each scored two goals to lead the Pengquins to a 6-4 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.
In St. Louis, Brian Sutter scored three goals and Bernie Federko had three assists to power the Blues to a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets extending St. Louis' unbeaten streak to seven games.
In Toronto, Darryl Sittler scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season to pace the Maple Leafs to a 5-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques.