CHICAGO -- Defenseman Nick Leddy scored his first goal of the season and it couldn't have come at a better time, netting the winning shot at 2:45 of overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks set a new team record with their sixth win in a row, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1.
Leddy took a crossing pass, wound up and set sail with a slap shot that just barely touched the left glove of Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard before caroming into the net for the deciding score, as 21,607 fans stuck around at the United Center to wait for the final outcome and cheer their home team on to victory.
Chicago is now 6-0-0, the best start in team history, breaking the former mark of 5-0-0 set in 1971-72.
Detroit, meanwhile, falls to 2-3.
In the third period, Detroit tried to cinch the game-winner in the closing seconds, but a strong Chicago defense forced the game into overtime. At the end of regulation, Detroit had outshot Chicago 29 to 25.
After Chicago took an early lead in the first period, Detroit right wing Johan Franzen tied the score at 1-1 at 4:30 in the second period. After playing somewhat sluggishly in the first period, the Red Wings were more aggressive, yet couldn't take additional advantage of Chicago's three penalties in the period.
Chicago wasted little time getting on the board, as Duncan Keith netted his first goal of the season with a slap shot on a power play at 2:24 of the first period (assisted by Brent Seabrook) and Marian Hossa. The man advantage opportunity cane as a result of a two-minute holding penalty against Detroit's Kent Huskins at 1:45.
Both teams had 11 shots on goal in the first period.
NOTES: Coming into Sunday's game, Chicago had been held scoreless in just one of its first 15 periods (Jan. 24 at Dallas, 1st period). ... Detroit was 0-4-2 against Chicago last season. ... Entering Sunday's game, Detroit leads the all-time series against Chicago with a 363-264-84-10 record. ... The Blackhawks embark on a six-game road trip after Sunday's game. They'll visit Minnesota, Vancouver, Calgary, San Jose, Phoenix and Nashville before returning home to face Anaheim on Feb. 12. That game starts a seven-game homestand and 10 of 12 at the United Center. ... Sunday marked the 58th anniversary of a rather dubious mark set by Detroit's Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, who took a record 19 shots on goal -- yet failed to score even once. ... Detroit returns home for seven of its next nine games, starting with Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars. During that stretch, the Red Wings will also play St. Louis, at Columbus, Calgary, at St. Louis, Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Anaheim.