CHICAGO - Cristobal Huet made 20 saves for his second straight shutout, and Duncan Keith had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to their fourth victory in a row, 3-0 over the Detroit Red Wings last night.
Brian Campbell and Dustin Byfuglien also scored to help Chicago move back into first place in the Central Division. Detroit, shut out for the fourth time in its last 15 games, has lost two straight.
Huet, also a 3-0 winner over St. Louis on Wednesday night, had to make only a handful of tough saves against the injury-depleted Red Wings en route to his third shutout this season and 23d overall - but only his first against Detroit.
On Detroit's two best chances, Huet made a glove save on Ville Leino late in the first period, and a pad save on Brad Stuart midway through the second.
Detroit's Chris Osgood stopped 32 shots.
The Red Wings played without eight regulars, including scoring leader Henrik Zetterberg. He missed his second game because of a shoulder injury and will be out at least two weeks.
Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa played his first game against the Red Wings, his previous team, since signing as a free agent with Chicago in July. Hossa skated with Detroit in 2008-09 on a one-year contract.
Hossa was recovering from offseason shoulder surgery when Detroit beat Chicago 3-2 on Oct. 8 in the teams' only previous meeting this season.
Chicago dominated most of the the first period and led by 1-0 after 20 minutes on Keith's power-play goal. Keith's quick wrist shot from the left point fooled Osgood and sailed past him on the glove side.
Campbell and Byfuglien then scored in a span of 3 minutes and 22 seconds late in the second period.
Detroit 0 0 0 – 0
Chicago 1 2 0 – 3
First period: 1, Chicago, Keith 6 (Toews, Versteeg), 7:58 (pp). Penalties: Maltby, Det (hooking), 3:07; Kane, Chi (tripping), 4:52; Bertuzzi, Det (hooking), 6:11.
Second period: 2, Chicago, Campbell 3 (Sharp, Ladd), 16:05. 3, Chicago, Byfuglien 10 (Madden, Keith), 19:27. Penalties: Detroit bench, served by Abdelkader (too many men), 6:32; Sharp, Chi (roughing), 12:07.
Third period: None. Penalties: Datsyuk, Det (roughing), :38; Versteeg, Chi (roughing), :38; Abdelkader, Det (holding), 15:33; Bertuzzi, Det, misconduct, 18:10; Ladd, Chi, misconduct, 18:10. Shots on Goal–Detroit 5-5-10–20. Chicago 8-14-13–35.
Power-play opportunities–Detroit 0 of 2; Chicago 1 of 4.
Goalies: Detroit, Osgood 7-6-4 (35 shots-32 saves). Chicago, Huet 16-7-2 (20-20).
A: 21,781 (19,717). T–2:17.
Referees: Paul Devorski, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen: Mark Pare, Derek Nansen.