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Igor Korolev took a shot from along the right boards that was stopped by goaltender Chris Osgood. But the rebound fell in front of the crease and Khristich lifted it over Osgood's left shoulder for his fifth goal.
The Maple Leafs are 0-3-2 in their last five games, their longest slide since going 0-4-1 from March 16-25, 1998. But Toronto is 3-0-1 in its last four meetings with Detroit.
"We had some good chances and got better as the game went on," said Toronto goalie Curtis Joseph, who had 35 saves. "We were losing 1-0 and to get a point it was a bit of a victory for us."
Although Toronto was 0-for-6 on the power play and outshot 36-26, the Leafs had the best scoring chance in overtime. With about three minutes remaining, Yanic Perrault took a cross-ice pass from Bryan Berard, but Osgood made a sliding save to deny his shot from the top left crease.
The Maple Leafs had a two-man advantage for a span of 1:04 in the third period, but failed to get a good shot on net. Osgood appeared to intentionally knock the goal off its moorings as Toronto was setting up a shot.
"He tried to do it twice, he missed the first time and got it the second," said Toronto manager Pat Quinn about Osgood. "We saw it on the bench, What can you do?" Brendan Shanahan scored his sixth goal of the season and 400th of his career to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead 8 1/2 minutes into the contest. Pat Verbeek intercepted a pass that deflected off Khristich's skate and sent a pass to Shanahan in the left faceoff circle. Shanahan waited before winding up and firing a slap shot into the top right corner of the net.
Shanahan, who had six of his nine shots on goal in the first period, recorded his first NHL point when he assisted on a goal by Verbeek for the New Jersey Devils in the 1987-88 season.
"We were talking about that tonight and then tonight he gets his 400th goal and I passed it to him, so its kind of funny," Verbeek said.
Verbeek recorded his first point in three games with the Red Wings after being signed to a two-year contract earlier in the week. The Red Wings are 3-1-1 in their last five games.
Detroit outshot Toronto, 15-6, in the opening period, but the Leafs had a pair of good scoring opportunities. With about six minutes left, Osgood made a sliding stick save on Jonas Hoglund's shot from just outside the crease. Two minutes later Osgood stacked the pads to turn away Sergei Berezin's shot from the right of the crease.