Sharp's OT winner lifts Blackhawks over Wings

DETROIT (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks, well out of the playoff
picture, considered beating the Detroit Red Wings as a learning

Patrick Sharp scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting Chicago to a
3-2 victory over Detroit on Friday night.

"This was a big game for us," said captain Martin Lapointe, a
former Red Wing. "We have such a young team. To beat the Red Wings
is something we can build on."

Mark Cullen and Lapointe scored for Chicago in regulation, and
Nikolai Khabibulin made 39 saves.

It was the Blackhawks' second overtime win in two nights. They
beat St. Louis 3-2 on Thursday night.

Steve Yzerman and Pavel Datsyuk had Detroit's goals, and Chris
Osgood stopped 31 shots. The Red Wings also played Thursday night,
winning 4-2 at Nashville.

"It was positive that we found a way to get a point," Detroit
coach Mike Babcock said. "I didn't think we had a whole lot of
energy. It didn't look like we had a lot of jump."

Yzerman's goal was his 691st, breaking a tie with Mario Lemieux
for sole possession of eighth place on the NHL's all-time list.
Yzerman is only three behind seventh-place Mark Messier.

The Detroit captain also stretched his scoring streak to seven
games, in which he has four goals and five assists.

"He doesn't really talk about his accomplishments too much,"
Osgood said about Yzerman, who didn't speak to reporters after the
game. "He seems to be getting better and better for the

Sharp beat Osgood with a backhander while cutting across the
slot after beating Nicklas Lidstrom and cutting in off right wing.

"It was bad ice and the puck was bouncing a little bit," Sharp
said. "I had to slow down and try to hang onto it and just cut to
the middle as quick as I could."

It was Sharp's 11th goal.

The fact that he beat Lidstrom, a three-time Norris Trophy
winner and a leading candidate to win his fourth this season,
wasn't lost on Chicago coach Trent Yawney.

"Even the best in the business gets beat once in a while," he

With Osgood pulled for the extra attacker, Datsyuk put a loose
puck under the crossbar from just off the crease with 45 seconds
left in regulation to tie the score at 2 with his 28th goal.

Lapointe beat Osgood with a one-timer from the top of the left
circle after taking a pass from Dustin Byfuglien on a 3-on-1 rush
to give Chicago a 2-1 lead with 5:29 left in regulation.

Yzerman's opened the scoring on Detroit's first shot of the
game, when he scored his 13th of the season on a one-timer from the
slot off a pass from Jason Williams.

Cullen tied it with 3:44 left in the second period, when he
tapped Kyle Calder's pass into the empty side of the net.

Game notes
Detroit D Mathieu Schneider (lower body injury) and RW Dan
Cleary (upper body) missed the game. ... Chicago D James Wisniewski
was hit in the mouth by a shot from Brendan Shanahan and in the
face by a clearing attempt by Chris Chelios during the second
period. Wisniewski is a native of the Detroit suburb of Canton and
played junior hockey with the suburban-Detroit based Plymouth
Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. ... Friday was former Red
Wings great and Hall of Famer Gordie Howe's 78th birthday. ...
Former Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci attended the game.