DETROIT (AP) - Despite missing one of their top defensemen and then losing their starting goalie, the Detroit Red Wings found a way to get their longest winning streak in nearly 10 years.
"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.
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.
Detroit was without defenseman Mathieu Schneider, a last-minute scratch due to a sore groin, and then 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.
Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer retaliated against Barnaby and both players got 5-minute fighting penalties.
"I felt that it was an unnecessary play, falling backwards (on Legace)," Fischer said. "That's just what I saw."
Adrian Aucoin scored the only goal for Chicago (3-9-0), which lost its fourth straight despite outshooting Detroit 32-20.
"I thought we outplayed them, for the most part," Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin said. "We played well enough to win, but a couple of mistakes."
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 Khabibulin's pads. Shanahan's eighth score of the season, with 4:50 left in the period, made it 3-0.
"Detroit takes advantage of our mistakes," Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney said. "If it's one thing we're lacking, its not finishing off the (opponents') mistakes."
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.
"These guys are professional," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "They know how to win, even when they don't have it."
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 Jason Woolley (groin) was also 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.
|Kirk Maltby (3) ASST: Steve Yzerman (3), Kris Draper (2)|
1 - 0 DET
|PPG - Brett Lebda (2) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (8), Pavel Datsyuk (8)|
2 - 0 DET
|Brendan Shanahan (8) ASST: Robert Lang (7), Jason Williams (12)|
3 - 0 DET
|PPG - Adrian Aucoin (1) ASST: Pavel Vorobiev (7), Jaroslav Spacek (5)|
3 - 1 DET
|PPG - Jason Williams (4) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (9), Andreas Lilja (1)|
4 - 1 DET
|Tyler Arnason Hooking against Pavel Datsyuk|
|Jim Dowd Holding against Jamie Rivers|
|Kris Draper Holding against Martin Lapointe|
|Matthew Barnaby Fighting (maj) against Jiri Fischer|
|Jiri Fischer Fighting (maj) against Matthew Barnaby|
|Pavel Vorobiev Tripping against Chris Chelios|
|Steve Yzerman Hooking against Tuomo Ruutu|
|Matthew Barnaby Hooking against Jiri Fischer|
|Tomas Holmstrom Hooking against Todd Simpson|
|Steve Yzerman Slashing against Pavel Vorobiev|
|Nicklas Lidstrom Hooking against Kyle Calder|
|Chris Chelios Roughing against Matthew Barnaby|
|Kyle Calder Hooking against Daniel Cleary|
|Adrian Aucoin Holding against Daniel Cleary|