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Blackhawk rookies Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews scored power play goals to lead Chicago to a 3-2 win over the Red Wings Sunday night at the United Center, snapping Detroit's nine-game win streak before a season-high crowd of more than 19,000.
It was the third straight victory for the Hawks over their arch rivals this season as the Red Wings surrendered more than two goals for the first time since October 15. Goalie Chris Osgood suffered his first loss of the campaign in nine starts (8-1).
Chicago has won three in a row and five of six to move into 2nd place in the Central Division behind Detroit. The win marked the first time in seven years that the Hawks have defeated the Wings three straight games.
The Hawks' special teams, plus outstanding goaltending by Nikolai Khabibulin, were the difference. Chicago tallied two power play goals in six attempts and blanked Detroit on their six. Hawk defenders blocked 15 shots led by Brent Seabrook's four in front of Khabibulin.
The Wings came into the game 5th in the NHL in both power play and penalty killing and had scored 10 with the man advantage during their nine-game streak while yielding only four power plays in their last 45 times shorthanded.
Two goals less than three minutes apart in the opening period gave the Hawks a lead they never relinquished. Veteran Yanic Perreault scored his 3rd goal in the last four games at 12:28 when former Wing Robert Lang fed him a perfect pass and Perreault whistled a 12-footer past Osgood.
The Hawks made it 2-0 while enjoying a two-man advantage on the power play. Again Lang slid a pass across ice and Kane tapped in his 7th of the campaign just outside the goal crease at 15:09.
Khabibulin kept his team in the game during the opening minutes of the game with Detroit on the power play as he made key stops on Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.
In the 2nd period, Khabibulin halted Brian Rafalski on a breakaway at the six minute mark and managed to stop Zetterberg's rebound at point-blank range during a power play at 8:30.
Detroit cut the lead to 2-1 at 16:10 when Niklas Kopecky fed Jiri Hudler breaking up the slot as he fired an 8-footer past Khabibulin.
The Hawks regained a two-goal edge on a power play at 18:25. Sergei Samsanov made a key play to keep the puck in the Red Wings zone. From there, Kane worked the puck to Jason Williams, whose cross-ice pass found the stick of Toews. The rookie center blasted a 25-footer into the upper left corner for his 7th of the season.
In the final period, the Hawks got a couple of breaks. Rafalski's long shot got past Khabibulin but James Wisniewski swept it out of the crease before it crossed the goal line and Datsyuk's 30-footer banged off the goal post at the 12 minute mark.
Five seconds after a power play ended, Nicklas Lidstrom scored on a 35-foot screen shot to make it 3-2 at 13:45.
Zetterberg, who leads the NHL in points, picked up an assist on the first goal and stretched his team record to 17 games with a point.
Osgood was pulled for an extra attacker in the final 65 seconds but Detroit failed to connect.
Hawks coach Denis Savard praised the play of his special teams and credited Khabibulin with an outstanding game.
The Red Wings outshot the Hawks 32-27.
The two teams will meet again Saturday in Detroit.
Kane was named the #1 star with Toews #2 and Lang #3. Among his seven goals this season, Toews has a team high of three game-winners.
The Hawks will begin a six-game road trip Wednesday in Columbus and won't return to the United Center until November 28t against Tampa Bay.
AP Notes: Toews, second among NHL rookies in scoring, has points in 13 of the 15 games he's played. ... Sunday's game was the first of seven home contests the Blackhawks are televising this season as part of a new package with a local cable network. Previous team president William Wirtz refused to voluntarily televise regular-season home games, although a handful of games were available to Chicago-area viewers as part of national or league network commitments. Wirtz died Sept. 27 and his son, Rocky, has since taken over as the Blackhawks' chairman. ... Detroit's healthy scratches were LW Matt Ellis, RW Aaron Downey and D Derek Meech. ... Chicago RW Martin Havlat, LW David Koci and C Kevyn Adams remain on injured reserve.
Red Wings Quotes
Head coach Mike Babcock: "The bottom line is it’s hard to win every night in the league. We went on a good run and sometimes a loss is a good reminder for us and we can get back on another one.
"I like Chicago being good because it’s great for the league. You look at the Rangers, you look at Montreal, you look at Boston, those teams, I think it’s important those teams are good. The other thing is, it’s very evident that Kane and Toews are going to be exciting players for a long period of time. They’ve got something special. They’re not going away, those guys. They’re going to make the franchise better and that’s a positive thing for the whole League. I think it’s real important that a big market … even this game being on TV tonight, that’s a big thing for the National Hockey League, I believe.
"He (Kane) just plays hockey. Talented players like that, they have a feel, a sense. The puck follows them around the rink. They just play. He doesn’t know that he’s 18. They don’t know that this is the National Hockey League. It’s just like hockey he’s played his whole life. The puck comes to him and you just play."
Goaltender Chris Osgood: "They had a whole team effort. The power play, their special teams were good, their defense played good. They kept us on the outside. Their young guys have made a big difference for them this year. They’re tough. We expected it to be a really tough game tonight ... Our division is tough this year. Nothing is going to come easy."