CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks made life simple for goaltender
Leighton responded by making 20 saves in a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red
Wings on Sunday night for his second shutout in three games.
"Our team played great in front of me," Leighton said. "I just made the
saves I had to. This was the easiest game I played all year. Whenever there was
a rebound, our 'D' was there right away to fire it out."
The shutout was Leighton's second this season and the third of his career.
Nathan Dempsey, Tuomo Ruutu and Deron Quint scored for the Blackhawks, who
won for just the third time in 23 games (3-13-4-3). Two of Chicago's victories
during its current skid have come against Detroit.
"It's the Detroit Red Wings and we seem to get cranked up for them and St.
Louis because they're in our division," Dempsey said. "We get excited about
it. You can tell from the quality of the hockey."
The Red Wings lead the NHL with 126 goals, but have scored just four in
their last four games. They're 1-2-1 and have been shut out twice during that
Detroit failed to convert on six power-play chances and haven't scored in 20
straight opportunities with the man advantage.
"We didn't play well at all," Detroit's Brendan Shanahan said. "We were
stupid. We made poor decisions . Our commitment to work and battle, (was) maybe
the lowest it's been in any game this year."
Red Wings goalie Manny Legace stopped 24 shots, including a glove save on a
point-blank backhand attempt by Chicago's Brett McLean with 5:54 to go in the
first period. McLean was alone in the crease and took a pass from Ruutu.
Dempsey opened the scoring 90 seconds later when his shot from the right
corner struck Legace and then slipped between the goalie's pad and the post.
Ruutu's power-play goal with 1:36 left in the second gave Chicago a 2-0
lead. Tyler Arnason's backhand shot from the slot deflected in off Ruutu's leg.
Leighton made a point-blank save on Henrik Zetterberg seven minutes into the
Quint finished off the scoring with a power-play goal from the left point
with 4:23 left in the game.
The game drew 21,122 for Chicago's second sellout this season.