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.

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