DETROIT (AP) – Chris Osgood made 23 saves after replacing the injured Manny Legace, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Tuesday 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.

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, who made eight saves, was expected to undergo precautionary X-rays on Wednesday.

Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer retaliated against Barnaby and both players got 5-minute fighting penalties.

Adrian Aucoin scored the only goal for Chicago (3-9-0), which lost its fourth straight.

Maltby scored the lone goal of the first period when he put in his own rebound with 4:01 remaining.

Lebda had a power-play goal at 7:34 of the second period as his shot from along the goal line deflected in off Nikolai Khabibulin’s pads. Shanahan’s eight score of the season, with 4:50 left in the period, made it 3-0.

Aucoin’s power-play goal, a shot from the point with 1:37 left in the second, got Chicago on the board.

Williams added a power-play goal with 8:20 remaining in the third period.

Notes: Legace was named the NHL Defensive Player of the Month for October. He set an all-time record for most wins in October (10-1), had a 1.81 goals-against average, .925 save-percentage and two shutouts. … Chicago C Tuomo Ruutu returned after missing six games with a sore back . … D Mathieu Schneider (groin) and Jason Woolley (groin) were scratched for Detroit. … Robert Lang got his 300th career assist on Shanahan’s goal. … Lang was also stopped by Khabibulin on a penalty shot four minutes into the second period. It was the Red Wings’ seventh consecutive missed penalty shot. They last scored on a penalty shot on Nov. 22, 1995, when Igor Larionov beat San Jose’s Arturs Irbe.

AP-ES-11-01-05 2157EST


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.