Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 0
CHICAGO (AP) - Manny Legace stopped 23 shots for his first NHL shutout and the Detroit Red Wings scored on their first three shots in a 4-0 victory Thursday night over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Doug Brown, Sergei Fedorov and Tomas Holmstrom connected in the opening 8:39 to chase goalie Jocelyn Thibault and spoil the Blackhawks home opener. Brendan Shanahan added a goal with 8:02 left in the game.
The early onslaught silenced a sellout United Center crowd moments after the Blackhawks introduced their 75th anniversary team in a pregame ceremony.
Brown opened the scoring on a high slap shot from the blue line just 58 seconds in. Fedorov made it 2-0 on a short-handed breakaway at 5:56 after he motored past Blackhawks defenseman Anders Eriksson.
Holmstrom swept in a loose puck from the crease for a power-play goal and a 3-0 Detroit lead at 8:39. First-year Chicago coach Alpo Suhonen replaced Thibault with Rob Tallas.
Shanahan completed the scoring with 8:02 left when he golfed in a loose puck from 10 feet.
The sluggish, disjointed Blackhawks managed few prime scoring chances against Legace, making his first appearance this season.
Notes: Among the players elected by fans to the Blackhawks 75th anniversary team were Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Glenn Hall, Tony Esposito, Pierre Pilote, current Chicago assistant coach Denis Savard and 92-year-old Harold ``Mush″ March, the oldest surviving former Blackhawks player. Hull did not attend.