Detroit Red Wings forward Shawn Burr is becoming a thorn in the side of opponents with his offense as well as his defense.
NHLroundup "I don't think I've scored a goal in my first 10 games for the last four years," said Burr, who broke a tie with 5:49 remaining in the third period Tuesday night to give the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Detroit, which has three victories and a tie in its last four games, moved into a first-place tie with Chicago in the Norris Division.
"I get a kick out of all my goals, but it feels a little better when it means something," said Burr, who established a reputation as a defensive specialist during his first four years in the NHL.
Burr snapped a 2-2 deadlock in the third period of Detroit's 4-2 victory over Hartford last Friday and he scored the tying goal with 58 seconds left in the third period on Oct. 10 when the Red Wings beat Calgary 6-5 in overtime.
"I feel more confident that I can score goals," Burr said. "It helped me to go overseas (for the World Cup) last spring. I realized there wasn't that much difference between me and a 40-goal scorer . . . maybe just a little more hard work."
Burr scored a career-high 24 goals last season and has three in seven games this year.
Burr's winning goal came on a pass from linemate Jimmy Carson. He skated in alone on goalie Ed Belfour and beat him with a wrist shot from close range.
Detroit tied the score at 8:33 of the third period when defenseman Lee Norwood beat Belfour with a low slap shot from just inside the blue line.
"We came from behind to beat two real good clubs, Calgary and Chicago," said Detroit Coach Bryan Murray. "That says a lot for what's happening here, but I don't want to get too high yet."
Chicago jumped ahead 2-0 on first period goals by Steve Larmer at 2:48 and Mike Peluso at 5:48. Larmer scored after taking a pass on a give-and-go from Michel Goulet during a power play.
Peluso's goal, his first in nine NHL games, came when he swatted in Troy Murray's rebound while falling to the ice.
Joe Kocur deflected Steve Chiasson's slap shot past Belfour to cut the Blackhawks' lead to 2-1 at 6:25 of the first period.
"Detroit took the play to us and some of our key people didn't play well," said Chicago Coach Mike Keenan. "Detroit has a few more skilled players this year and they added two experienced defensemen, but everything hinges on the goaltender."
Red Wings goalie Tim Cheveldae made only 18 stops, but two of them were critical ones on Mike Hudson and Jocelyn Lemieux less than a minute after Norwood scored the tying goal.
The victory put the Red Wings above the .500 mark for the first time since March 31, 1989.
Blues 5, Oilers 2
At Edmonton, Alberta, Brett Hull scored a goal and had two assists and Geoff Courtnall added a goal and an to lead St. Louis. The Oilers played most of the game without Mark Messier, who sprained his left knee midway through the first period and will be out four to six weeks.
Nordiques 1, Whalers 1
At Quebec, Todd Krygier scored in the second period to lift the Whalers to a tie. Michel Petit scored the Nordiques lone goal. Hartford goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz stopped 30 shots and Quebec's Ron Tugnutt deflected 34.
Islanders 4, Jets 1
At Uniondale, N.Y., Brent Sutter scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Islanders and send Winnipeg to its fifth straight defeat. Islander goaltender Jeff Hackett stopped 41 shots, including 18 in the third period to record his second win of the season. Hackett lost the bid for his first NHL shutout with only 3:40 remaining when Thomas Steen scored on a backhand rebound of a Scott Arneil shot.
Flyers 5, Penguins 1
At Pittsburgh, Scott Mellanby scored two goals and Derrick Smith scored one and assisted on another to lead the Flyers. Ken Wregget turned aside 30 shots for the Flyers, improving his record to 4-0. His bid for a shutout was foiled at 14:09 of the third period when Mark Recchi scored his fourth goal of the season.