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Lidstrom gets two goals, and plenty of smiles

DETROIT (AP) -- Nicklas Lidstrom was given another reason to
smile Monday night.

Lidstrom scored his second goal 47 seconds into overtime to give
Detroit a 5-4 victory over Chicago, two days after it was announced
that the defenseman received the most All-Star votes for the second
consecutive year.

''It was somewhat surprising, especially looking at Mario
Lemieux and some other players in the voting,'' Lidstrom said.
''It's really nice to get that recognition.''

The defending Stanley Cup champions beat Chicago at home for the
first time in 10 meetings. Chicago's last defeat in Detroit was April
2, 1999.

Lidstrom can no longer be regarded as an underrated player -- as
he was for years in Detroit -- even though he wasn't mentioned until
the fourth paragraph of the NHL's news release Saturday.

He has won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defensemen the
past two years, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy last season as the MVP
of the playoffs.

''Now they recognize him and that's a good thing,'' Detroit
coach Dave Lewis said. ''He's been playing like that for the five,
six, seven years.''

Brendan Shanahan and Sergei Fedorov assisted on the game-winning
goal, which started with a three-on-two rush and ended with
Lidstrom scoring on a rebound off Shanahan's shot.

''I saw Shanahan at the side, and I've got to respect that
shooter,'' said Michael Leighton, who gave Jocelyn Thibault a rest,
and made 28 saves. ''I made the save, and fell over. I was just
about to jump on the puck and (Lidstrom) chipped it over my pad.''

There were four ties after a scoreless first period.

''That was too wild for me,'' Lewis said. ''As a team, we were
too porous and we lost a lot of battles. But we found a way to
win.''

Chicago's Phil Housley scored with 3:19 left in regulation to
force overtime. Kyle Calder corralled the puck behind the net and
assisted on the game-tying goal. Calder scored twice.

Brett Hull's sixth goal in five games gave Detroit a 4-3 lead
with 8:37 left in the third. Hull's 19th goal this season and the
698th of his career came when he directed a shot from off Housley's
backside just in front of the net. Hull, who has 19 goals this
season, needs two more to become the sixth player in NHL history
with 700 goals.

Curtis Joseph made 34 saves for the Red Wings.

Detroit's Luc Robitaille snapped a career-long scoreless streak
at 12 games with an assist on Lidstrom's first goal, which gave
Detroit a 2-1 lead midway through the second period.

Chicago's Theo Fleury was ejected from the game after a spearing
penalty was called against him in the final seconds of the second
period.

Game notes
Steve Yzerman will join the Detroit Red Wings during their
upcoming road trip for the first time this season to begin a
regular practice routine. Yzerman, who had surgery on his right
knee in August, has not played since helping Detroit win the
Stanley Cup in June. ... Fedorov had three assists. ... Detroit was
0-6-3 in its previous nine games at home against the Blackhawks.