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DETROIT (Ticker) -- Two days after avoiding the worst start in franchise history with their first win, the Chicago Blackhawks cooled off the hottest team in the league.
Bryan McCabe scored on the power play at 3:27 of the second period and Bryan Muir tallied shorthanded nine minutes later as the Blackhawks ended the Detroit Red Wings' five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory.
Dean McAmmond had a goal and an assist and Doug Gilmour added his 400th career tally for the Blackhawks, who blanked Montreal, 1-0, on Wednesday after opening the season 0-4-4. Chicago beat Detroit for only the second time in the last eight meetings.
"Obviously, we needed some breaks," Gilmour said. "We've played well at times but let some teams get back and tied games we should've won."
In a rare start, Steve Passmore made 37 saves for his first win of the season and second of his career. His other victory came with Edmonton at Buffalo on March 23.
"To come in here and beat the Red Wings is fun for me and fun for the team," Passmore said. "We played very well. It really helps when all the guys play confidently in front of me. Even though I'm a backup, they make me feel like a huge part of the team."
"He's worked hard in practice ever since training camp," Gilmour said. "He reads the play very well and he's quick on his skates."
Passmore protected Chicago's two-goal lead with several saves while the Red Wings had a 5-on-3 advantage for 81 seconds late in the second period.
"The other night we scored with a two-man advantage and tonight we didn't. That's the difference," Bowman said. "You need to score in that situation. When we didn't, it gave them a lot of confidence."
Steve Duchesne scored one goal and set up another for the Red Wings, who had been 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Chris Osgood allowed four goals on 33 shots in losing for the first time in nine decisions this season (7-1-1).
"It could be (a letdown), but we didn't beat them badly in Chicago," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said. "It's not like we had an easy game."
Duchesne's third goal at 4:17 of the opening period staked the Red Wings to a 1-0 lead. Gilmour became the 54th player in NHL history to reach 400 goals when he tallied his third of the season at the 10:12 mark.
"I just tried to dump it in front and it went in off somebody," Gilmour said. "It was a thing of beauty, wasn't it? But it'll be the best goal of my career when I tell my kids about it. I think it'll mean more when I look back at my career. I've got a few years left."
McAmmond put the Blackhawks ahead just 35 seconds later with his second goal of the season.
Former Blackhawks captain Chris Chelios lifted Detroit into a 2-2 tie at 2:04 of the second period with his second goal.
"Give them credit, they played well," Chelios said. "You're going to lose games on the off night but you have to respect the other team for coming at us with the speed like they did. We let them skate full-speed in the neutral zone. It seemed like we were a step behind the whole game. Sometimes that happens after a big game."
Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom took a hooking penalty at 3:16 of the second period and McCabe scored his first goal as a Blackhawk 11 seconds later. Tony Amonte received Alexei Zhamnov's pass at the right of the net and stickhandled into the crease before sliding a pass to McCabe, who swept the puck home from the left side.
"The power-play goal hurt the most," Bowman said. "We had just fought back to tie it up and then we lost coverage on the play and let McCabe go right in there."
With teammate Jamie Allison serving a holding penalty, Muir's first goal of the season and second of his career with 7:33 left in the second period made it 4-2. Muir took Alexei Zhamnov's pass at the blue line, skated into the left faceoff circle and drilled a slap shot between Osgood's pads.
Muir's other NHL goal came in a 3-2 loss at Vancouver on January 30.
"When I look back on my career it'll mean more to be up there with the great players, but it doesn't feel too special right now," Murphy said. "Losing a game isn't the end of the world, but it's not acceptable, either. " .