After becoming the first NHL goalie to win 10 games in October
on Thursday night, No. 1 goalie Manny Legace got his first night
off of the season. Osgood was tested early when Curtis Brown passed
through the Detroit defense for a shot that Osgood saved.
Kirk Maltby and Mikael Samuelsson also scored goals for the Red
Wings, who are off to their best start in franchise history at
11-1. It is the best opening in the NHL since the Pittsburgh
Penguins began the 1994-95 season with a 11-0-1 record. The Red
Wings are 6-0 on the road.
Osgood, played six seasons with Detroit before the Red Wings
waived him before the 2001-02 season. Detroit re-signed Osgood in
August to a $900,000 contract to compete with Legace.
"I'm hoping I can play as good as he can, offset him and give
this team the best goaltending they've had in years. That's our
goal," Osgood said.
He was sent to the minors on Oct. 18 for conditioning after
missing the start of the season with a groin injury. Osgood
returned on Oct. 23 from Grand Rapids of the AHL.
"I'm definitely fired up when I'm wearing a Red Wings jersey.
It beats the Grand Rapids one," Osgood said.
The Hawks missed a chance to tie the game at 3 with under two
minutes to play when Matthew Barnaby's shot went off the left post.
Lang scored an unassisted goal for Detroit from the right circle
with 15:21 left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie.
Henrik Zetterberg added an empty-net goal with 27 seconds left
to complete the scoring.
"We've got 22 points in October, that's a big deal. The great
thing about getting those points is you have them now," Detroit
coach Mike Babcock said. "I was impressed with our team, I thought
we played really well tonight."
"We hit a post. When you go through things like we are going
through right now it kind of becomes more visible," Hawks coach
Trent Yawney said.
Nikolai Khabibulin had 33 saves for Chicago.
It was the second of three consecutive games between the teams.
Detroit beat the Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday in Detroit. They meet
again in Detroit on Tuesday.
Detroit was without D Jason Woolley (groin). ... Chicago
was without C Tuomo Ruutu (back). ... The series with the Red Wings
marks the first time the Blackhawks will play the same opponent in
three consecutive regular-season games since Nov. 12-15, 1953, when
the Blackhawks played three straight with Montreal. ... The
Blackhawks had their first sellout of the season.