Red-hot Blackhawks beat Red Wings in overtime

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Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford makes one of his 29 saves in the Blackhawks' overtime win over Detroit on Sunday. Chicago improved to 6-0 for the first time.  JOHN SMIERCIAK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford makes one of his 29 saves in the Blackhawks' overtime win over Detroit on Sunday. Chicago improved to 6-0 for the first time.

CHICAGO — Nick Leddy scored 2:45 into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks improved to 6-0 – the best start in franchise history – with a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

After taking a cross-ice pass from Viktor Stalberg, Leddy fired from the left circle and beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard with a shot that slipped just under his glove.

Detroit’s Johan Franzen connected early in the third to tie the game at 1 and set up overtime.

Duncan Keith scored a power-play goal in the first period for Chicago, and Corey Crawford finished with 29 saves in his fifth start in six games.

Howard, who has started all of Detroit’s games so far, made 25 saves.

CANADIENS 4, DEVILS 3 (OT)

In Montreal, Andrei Markov scored 4:22 into overtime on a power play as the Canadiens recovered from blowing a two-goal lead to defeat New Jersey.

Brendan Gallagher scored his first NHL goal and linemate Brandon Prust got his first with the Canadiens. Ryan White also scored for Montreal.

PENGUINS 2, SENATORS 1 (SO)

In Ottawa, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal scored in the shootout to give Pittsburgh a win.

Neal also scored in regulation to help the Penguins snap a two-game skid.

Colin Greening scored a second-period goal for the Senators, and Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris beat Marc-Andre Fleury in the shootout. But Milan Michalek was stopped with Ottawa’s first attempt.

CAPITALS 3, SABRES 2

In Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season, and the Capitals became the last NHL team to get a win

After a fruitless first week, Ovechkin found the net with a one-timer from the left circle on a power play with 14:49 remaining in the game. Then came the familiar celebration that had been missing thus far in this shortened season: the former two-time league MVP unleashing a downward fist pump with left knee bent, then collecting a row of high-fives as he skated along the Capitals bench.

Joel Ward had a goal and an assist, John Erskine also scored, and Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves for the Capitals.

SHARKS 4, CANUCKS 1

In San Jose, Calif., Joe Pavelski had two goals, Patrick Marleau scored again – though only once – and the undefeated Sharks beat Vancouver.

Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 5-0-0. Antti Niemi made 23 saves as coach Todd McLellan earned his 200th career victory.

LIGHTNING 5, FLYERS 1

In Tampa, Fla., Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists, Martin St. Louis contributed four assists, and the Lightning beat Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Eric Brewer, Vincent Lecavalier, Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos. St. Louis has eight assists and 11 points this season.


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