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Huet blanks Wings in Hawks' fourth straight win

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Huet blanks Wings in Hawks' fourth straight win
Detroit Red Wings 0, Chicago Blackhawks 3
Cristobal Huet is officially on a roll.

The Chicago Blackhawks goaltender stopped all 20 shots he faced on Sunday night for his second consecutive shutout in a 3-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center.

Duncan Keith, Brian Campbell and Dustin Byfuglien scored for Chicago, which extended its winning streak to four games and moved back into first place in the Central Division.

''We respect Detroit very much, even though they're missing a lot of top guys, and key guys,'' Huet said. ''We knew it would be a tight game, so we were disciplined and it paid off.''

Chris Osgood made 32 saves for the injury-depleted Red Wings, who were shut out for the fourth time in their last 15 contests. Henrik Zetterberg was the latest star forward to suffer an injury -- one that will keep him out for the next two weeks.

''They're a deep team right now and we're not a very deep team right now," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Matchup-wise, it was tough for us.''

Keith gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 7:58 into the game. With Todd Bertuzzi in the penalty box, Keith took a pass from Jonathan Toews and fooled Osgood with a wrister for his sixth goal of the season.

''We always want to be our best,'' Keith said. ''This (Detroit) has been a good for a long time. Do we want to measure ourselves? I think we want to do that against every team, every time.''

Detroit nearly escaped the second period trailing by only one goal until the Blackhawks erupted for a pair of tallies in a span of 3:22. Campbell scored with 3:55 left, when he pinched to the left circle, took Patrick Sharp's feed and fired a shot that struck Osgood on the stick side and continued into the net. Byfuglien then beat Osgood from 40 feet out on a shot that slid under the goaltender's right pad with 33 second left in the period.

"We needed an unbelievable performance in net just because we knew the rink, at times, was going to be tilted," Babcock said. "We were hanging in there. We would have liked to have gotten through the second down 1-0, but it didn't work out that way."

Huet, who also blanked St. Louis in a 3-0 win on Wednesday, made his best save of the night with 5:08 left when he managed to gobble up Drew Miller's chance from the left circle.

''They're still a top team in the League,'' Huet said. ''They still have (Nicklas) Lidstrom and (Brian) Rafalski and (Pavel) Datsyuk. They're going to have a full lineup; it should be a good test.''

Lidstrom, who didn't record a shot on goal in 25:44 of ice time, was disappointed with the amount of time his team spent in its own end of the ice.

"I don't think we responded well when they got the first couple of goals," the Wings' captain said. "We had some chances, but not really where we had sustained pressure on them. They spent a lot of time in our zone."

Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa played his first game against the Red Wings since signing as a free agent with Chicago in July. Hossa skated with Detroit in 2008-09 on a one-year contract.

Hossa was recovering from offseason shoulder surgery when Detroit beat Chicago 3-2 on Oct. 8 in the teams' only previous meeting this season.

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:58
CHI
PPG - Duncan Keith (6) Slapshot - ASST: Jonathan Toews (13), Kris Versteeg (10)
1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
16:05
CHI
Brian Campbell (3) Snap shot - ASST: Patrick Sharp (16), Andrew Ladd (7)
2 - 0 CHI
19:27
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien (10) Snap shot - ASST: John Madden (6), Duncan Keith (22)
3 - 0 CHI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
03:07
DET
Kirk Maltby  Hooking against  Brent Sopel
04:52
CHI
Patrick Kane  Tripping against  Brad Stuart
06:11
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Hooking against  Jonathan Toews
2nd Period
06:32
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Too many men/ice - bench
12:07
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Roughing against  Justin Abdelkader
3rd Period
00:38
CHI
Kris Versteeg  Roughing against  Pavel Datsyuk
00:38
DET
Pavel Datsyuk  Roughing against  Kris Versteeg
15:33
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Holding against  Jonathan Toews
18:10
CHI
Andrew Ladd  Misconduct (10 min) against  Todd Bertuzzi
18:10
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Misconduct (10 min) against  Andrew Ladd
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .914SH: 0 - 0
Cristobal Huet
SA: 20TOI: 59:54
Saves: 20EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0