DETROIT – Dominik Hasek made 27 saves for his 73rd NHL shutout and Dan Cleary scored twice to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.

Nicklas Lidstrom added a goal and an assist for Detroit, and Kirk Maltby and Jason Williams also scored. Hasek’s league-leading fifth shutout of the season moved into 10th place on the career list, one spot ahead of Lorne Chabot.

Cleary has six goals and seven assists in his last 10 games. He passed Henrik Zetterberg for the team lead with 13 goals and all but one of his 24 points have come in a 20-game span.

Detroit led 2-0 after the first period on Cleary’s two goals.

His first came at 5:46 when he tipped Mathieu Schneider’s shot past Fredrik Norrena with the teams playing 4-on-4.

Cleary added a power-play goal with 9:42 left in the period when he tipped in a shot by Lidstrom.

Maltby made it 3-0 at 6:15 of the second period when he jumped on a turnover by Aaron Johnson at the top of the right circle in the Columbus zone, skated in and beat Norrena for his first of the season.

Lidstrom scored a power-play goal with 8:58 left in the frame on a slap shot from the point.

Columbus had an apparent goal waved off 8:52 into the second period because Alexander Svitov kicked the puck into the net.

Williams added a goal at 4:38 of the third period, sending Norrena to the bench in favor of Ty Conklin.

Predators 2, Hawks 1

CHICAGO – Paul Kariya scored twice in the third period, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.

Kariya’s power-play goal with 7:02 left snapped a 1-1 tie. He fired a screened shot from the top of the right circle past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Chris Mason made 28 saves while starting his 13th straight start for Nashville. He is 9-3-1 since top goalie Tomas Vokoun underwent hand surgery on Nov. 27.

Martin Havlat scored for the Blackhawks, 7-2-3 since Denis Savard replaced fired coach Trent Yawney on Nov. 27.

Havlat has five goals and five assists in seven games since returning from a sprained right ankle. Khabibulin stopped 17 shots. He lost his bid for his first shutout with the Blackhawks and first in the regular season since March 1, 2004, when Kariya scored at 6:41 of the third. The victory was gone moments later.

Havlat opened the scoring with 5:36 left in the first period.

After Ryan Suter’s clearing pass bounded off Blackhawks forward Peter Bondra, Havlat caught it at center ice with his glove. He dropped the puck to his stick, moved in 1-on-1 against defenseman Greg Zanon and then beat Mason with a shot high on the stick side.

Kariya tied it after taking a a long lead pass from David Legwand. Kariya gained a step on defenseman Duncan Keith and ripped a low shot past Khabibulin’s glove side.


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