Huet blanks Wings in Hawks' fourth straight win
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM
Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing EditorCristobal 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.
, 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.