Red Wings Best Blackhawks to Win 4th Straight
Lecavalier scores 3 goals in Lightning W, Sharks Top Predators
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 12:54 AM CDT
Detroit Red Wings' Kris Draper, left, and Dallas Drake congratulate teammate Kirk Maltby, right, on his goal against Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of their NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Chicago net minder Corey Crawford, appearing in just his sixth career game, made 44 saves, but it wasn’t enough as the Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 3-1; Detroit out shot Chicago 47-20. Kirk Maltby, Pavel Datsyuk, and Johan Franzen scored for the NHL-leading Red Wings, who have now won four straight. Rene Borque had Chicago’s lone goal, according to the Associated Press. Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • Vincent Lecavalier’s hat trick lifted the moribund Tampa Bay Lightning over the New York Islanders 8-4. The win gives Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella 235 for his career, the most for an American-born NHL coach.
  • Evgeni Nabokov had 26 saves as San Jose defeated Nashville 2-1. It was a franchise record 10th straight victory for the Sharks.