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Blackhawks blank Sabres

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2002

CHICAGO -- Jocelyn Thibault made 26 saves for his 28th career shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season.

Jon Klemm, Tyler Arnason and Alex Zhamnov scored goals to help the Blackhawks rebound from a season-opening 2-1 loss at Columbus on Friday night. The Sabres were shut out after scoring 11 goals in opening victories over the New York Islanders and Montreal.

Red Wings 4, Mighty Ducks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brendan Shanahan scored 43 seconds into the game to put Detroit ahead to stay, then was credited with an empty-net goal -- in the second period -- as the Red Wings beat Anaheim 4-2 Sunday to spoil the Mighty Ducks' home opener.

Shanahan's second goal, which gave Detroit a 3-0 lead, came during a delayed penalty against the Red Wings as Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere skated toward the Ducks' bench.

Meanwhile, down at the Red Wings' end of the ice, Ducks center Adam Oates tried to pass from behind the goal line, but the puck deflected off Shanahan's leg and slid all the way down the ice -- some 190 feet -- and into the Ducks' empty net.

Giguere looked stunned, raising his hands in disbelief.

The NHL rule is that, if there is a call against the team not in possession of the puck, the referee should not blow his whistle or impose the penalty until the team in possession of the puck loses control of it.

On his first goal, also his first of the season, Shanahan picked up the loose puck at the blue line, skated to his right and fired a slap shot from the right circle that sailed over Giguere's right shoulder.

Nicklas Lidstrom gave Detroit a 2-0 lead when he scored with 1:02 left in the second period.

Henrik Zetterberg's goal for the Red Wings on a power play at 13:42 of the third period capped the scoring.

After Shanahan's goal with 30 seconds left in the second period, the Ducks' Paul Kariya scored 14 seconds later to trim Detroit's lead to 3-1. Kariya knocked in a rebound of Petr Sykora's shot for his first goal of the season.

Ruslan Salei's 40-foot slap shot from the crease beat a screened Detroit goalie Manny Legace at 5:25 of the third period to narrow the gap to 3-2. But Zetterberg's goal restored the Red Wings' two-goal lead.

Notes: At least a couple of fans pulled a baseball-hockey double shift. Disney chairman Michael Eisner and Anaheim mayor Tom Daly came to the hockey game after watching the Angels clinch their first World Series berth with a 13-5 victory over Minnesota just up the street. Disney owns both the Angels and the Ducks, and has both teams on the sale block. ... The Red Wings were tough on the road last season, going 23-10-5. Starting this season with a western swing, they're 2-1 so far. ... The Mighty Ducks honored members of their original expansion 1993-94 team in pregame ceremonies, including Guy Hebert, Tim Sweeney, Peter Douris, Anatoli Semenov and Stu Grimson.



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