Red Wings win 9th in row


Pro Hockey

November 02, 2005

Chris Osgood made 23 saves after replacing the injured Manny Legace, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1, last night for their ninth straight win.

Jason Williams had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings (12-1-0) and Kirk Maltby, Brett Lebda and Brendan Shanahan also scored in the third straight game between the teams. Nicklas Lidstrom had two assists.

"Tonight wasn't one of our better games, but we managed to find a way," said Osgood, who played his first game at Joe Louis Arena as a Red Wing since April 21, 2001.

Detroit has its longest winning streak since 1995-96, when it had two nine-game streaks on the way to setting the all-time NHL record with 62 wins.

Legace left the game with a slight knee sprain with 3:23 remaining in the first period after Chicago's Matthew Barnaby fell on him. Legace was expected to undergo X-rays today.

Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer retaliated against Barnaby and both players got five-minute fighting penalties.

"I felt that it was an unnecessary play, falling backwards [on Legace]," Fischer said. "That's just what I saw."

Canadiens 5, Panthers 4 -- Michael Ryder scored his second overtime goal of the season on a power play, leading host Montreal to victory. Montreal's Steve Begin scored a power-play goal with 8.1 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 4. Ryder, who scored the overtime winner in the Canadiens' win on Oct. 6 against the New York Rangers, one-timed Saku Koivu's pass beyond Montreal native Roberto Luongo 3:19 into the extra period.

Islanders 4, Bruins 3 -- Shawn Bates scored with 28.2 seconds left in overtime and host New York recovered from two blown leads.

Thrashers 6, Lightning 4 -- Jaroslav Modry scored two of four power-play goals for visiting Atlanta.

Penguins 4, Devils 3 -- Sergei Gonchar scored 1:01 into overtime to lift visiting Pittsburgh to its second victory of the season.

Oilers 5, Blue Jackets 1 -- Ales Hemsky scored twice and host Edmonton won its third straight game. Edmonton center Mike Peca sustained a mild concussion after he was hit by Rick Nash's elbow in the first period. Nash was playing in his second game of the season after suffering an ankle sprain.

Flames 3, Wild 0 -- Jarome Iginla scored twice, once unassisted, for host Calgary.

Kings -- Left wing Luc Robitaille might miss two to four weeks with a broken right leg.

Canucks -- Forward Matt Cooke broke his jaw in practice and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Olympics -- Former NHL star Pavel Bure was selected as general manager of Russia's team.

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