Wings Shutout Blackhawks

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Ty Conklin made 36 saves for his seventh NHL shutout, and Johan Franzen scored twice to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-0 win that snapped the Chicago Blackhawks' team-record, nine-game winning streak.
Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and an assist, Tomas Kopecky scored his second of the season, and Brian Rafalski and Niklas Kronwall each had two assists in the Red Wings' 700th game against the Blackhawks.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 35 shots for Chicago in the start of a home-and-home series that will conclude Thursday outside at Wrigley Field in the Winter Classic. The Blackhawks had earned at least one point in 11 consecutive games.
Datsyuk's power-play goal with 4:09 left in the first period opened the scoring. He beat Khabibulin with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle, with Tomas Holmstrom providing a screen, for his 15th goal.
Chicago dominated early, outshooting Detroit 12-1 in the first 9:21, but couldn't solve Conklin. James Wisniewski hit the goal post during a power play a little over seven minutes in. Conklin, who earned his third shutout this season, made several outstanding saves to keep the game scoreless.
Franzen's power-play goal made it 2-0 at 6:58 of. He beat Khabibulin from the bottom of the right circle high to the short side.
Franzen netted his second of the night and 17th of the season just 37 seconds into the third when he jammed the puck through Khabibulin's pads.
Kopecky scored with 7:55 left.
Notes:@ Detroit D Nicklas Lidstrom missed his second game due to a sore ankle. ... Chicago D Cam Barker didn't play because of a lower body injury. ... Red Wings RW Mikael Samuelsson missed the game because of the flu. ... Holmstrom went to the locker room after getting hit by a shot in the face with about 1:15 left in the second period. He returned for the third. ... Datsyuk stretched his point streak to eight games (7 goals, 9 assists). ... Red Wings D Chris Chelios, the oldest player in the NHL at 46, played in his third game of the season.


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