A real wingdinger

Tribune staff reporter

Everything that anyone could have asked for was on display Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Great goals? Check, in abundance.

Strange goals? Had a couple of those too.

Great saves? Oh, yes, nearly a great save for every goal.

Stirring comeback? Yep, by each team.

Some edgy, in-your-face play? Had that too, with a fight and an ejection.

About the only thing that was missing was a Blackhawks victory. But the Hawks still did what they've been doing for over a month now—they collected a point in a thrilling 5-4 overtime loss to Detroit.

"It had to be fun game to watch," Hawks coach Brian Sutter said.

"That was too wild for my liking, that's for sure," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said.

The point, earned when Hawks defenseman Phil Housley scored at 16:41 of the third period to tie the game 4-4, gave the Hawks at least a point in each of their last 13 games and in 17 of their last 18.

"Any time you get down in the third period to a team like Detroit and come back, that's a good point," defenseman Lyle Odelein said.

Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scored the game-winner—his second goal of the night—with 47 seconds left in overtime when he jammed a rebound of a Brendan Shanahan shot past Michael Leighton.

Each team had leads, each team coughed up leads and each team fought back to get the lead again. Leighton, playing his second game in the NHL after shutting out Phoenix for 65 minutes in his debut, gave up five goals, some bizarre, some just unlucky.

Detroit took a 4-3 lead when Brett Hull fired a shot off the backside of Housley that bounced into the net. Earlier, Leighton appeared to stone Kirk Maltby on a breakaway—for the second time in the game—only to have the puck bounce in the air, hit the goal line and go into the net.

On the other end, Kyle Calder scored the first two Hawks goals and Sergei Berezin took a beautiful pass from Steve Thomas midway through the third to tie the game 3-3.

Back and forth it went.

Leighton was brilliant in the first 20 minutes. His point-blank stop on Maltby with a minute left in the first period brought a round of applause from a veteran scout in the press box.

"In a game like that, playing Detroit, your goaltender has to be good," Sutter said. "Their goaltender was one shot better than ours tonight."

Monday was vintage Curtis Joseph.

Joseph never really shuts down anyone and always seems to be fighting shots, but he always makes the saves he needs to make when the game is on the line. Joseph made 34 saves as the Hawks outshot Detroit 38-33.

"Cujo played a heck of a game," Housley said.

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