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 five of Detroit’s games, made 25 saves.
The Blackhawks started 5-0 in 1971-72 – Hall of Famer Bobby Hull’s final season in Chicago – and matched it on Saturday night with a 3-2 win in Columbus.
Chicago killed all six of Detroit’s power plays, improving to 22 of 23 this season. Injury-depleted Detroit has gone just 2 for 26 with the man advantage so far.
The Blackhawks and Red Wings met for the 722th time, the most of any two NHL opponents.
CANADIENS 4, DEVILS 3, OT: In Montreal, Andrei Markov scored 4:22 into overtime on a power play as Montreal recovered from blowing a two-goal lead to win.
LIGHTNING 5, FLYERS 1: In Tampa, Fla., Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists, Martin St. Louis contributed four assists, and Tampa Bay won.
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.
PENGUINS 2, SENATORS 1, SO: In Ottawa, Ontario, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal scored in the shootout to give Pittsburgh the victory.
Neal also scored in regulation to help the Penguins snap a two-game skid.
CAPITALS 3, SABRES 2: In Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and Washington became the last NHL team to get a win.
SHARKS 4, CANUCKS 1: In San Jose, Calif., Joe Pavelski had two goals, Patrick Marleau scored again – though only once – and undefeated San Jose won.
Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 5-0-0.
JETS 5, ISLANDERS 4, OT: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Evander Kane scored 1:59 into overtime to give Winnipeg a come-from-behind victory.
BLUES 5, WILD 4, OT: In St. Louis, Vladimir Sobotka scored from close range at 2:16 of overtime to give St. Louis the victory.
The Blues are 5-1, theirbest start since winning seven of their first eight in 1997-98.