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Doug Gilmour won't remember his 400th career goal as one of the prettiest he's ever scored. But Steve Passmore will think everything about his second career win was beautiful.

Gilmour became the 54th NHL player to score 400 goals and Passmore made 37 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit 4-2 Friday night, ending the Red Wings' five-game winning streak.

Dean McAmmond, Bryan McCabe and Bryan Muir also scored for the Blackhawks, who won their second straight after an 0-4-4 start.

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  • Passmore gained his second career win and his first for the Blackhawks in place of regular Jocelyn Thibault, who beat Montreal 1-0 Wednesday to give the Blackhawks their first win of the season.

    "I think this one's going up on the wall," Passmore said as he held the game puck. "To come here and beat the Red Wings was fun for me and fun for the team. We played very well."

    Steve Duchesne and Chris Chelios had Detroit's goals as the Red Wings (7-2-1) lost for the first time in eight games since a 3-2 loss to Dallas in their second game of the season.

    "It's not the end of the world to lose one game, but it's not acceptable, either," said Detroit defenseman Larry Murphy. "They carried the play a litle too much. They had the puck a lot more than we did, and that makes you feel like you're back on your heels all the time."

    Murphy appeared in his 1,487th game, tying him with Wayne Gretzky for fourth place on the NHL career list. He'll move ahead of Gretzky when Detroit plays Saturday night at St. Louis.

    "When you look back on your career, you're up there with a lot of great players," Murphy said. "Unfortunately, it doesn't feel too special right now."

    Passmore was at his best in the third period, when he stopped every one of 17 Detroit shots to protect a two-goal lead.

    "It really helps when all the guys play confidently in front of you," Passmore said. "Even though I'm the backup, they make me feel like a huge part of the team."

    Detroit goalie Chris Osgood made 29 saves but allowed goals to Gilmour and McAmmond just 35 seconds apart in the first period to wipe out the Red Wings' early 1-0 lead.

    Gilmour's milestone came after Osgood ventured out of the crease on an aborted clearing attempt and didn't return in time to stop Gilmour's behind-the-net shot from caroming into the net off his back.

    "That'll be the best goal of my career when I tell my kids about it," Gilmour joked. "I just tried to dump it in front and it went off somebody."

    McAmmond made a move around Chris Chelios at the right circle and beat Osgood cleanly to give Chicago a 2-1 lead after one.

    Chelios scored against his former teammates for a 2-2 tie 2:04 into the second period. He fired into an open net as Chicago's Jamie Allison pushed Vyacheslav Kozlov into Passmore outside the crease.

    But a power-play goal from McCabe at 3:27 and Muir's shorthanded score at 12:37 gave the Blackhawks a 4-2 lead after two.

    "The power-play goal hurt the most," Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman said. "We had just fought back to tie it up, then we lost coverage on the play and he just skated right in."

    The Blackhawks also killed off a 1:21 two-man advantage for Detroit that featured good stops by Passmore on shots from Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom.

    "In that situation you need a goal whatever way you can get it," Yzerman said.

    Duchesne was credited with the game's first goal 4:17 into the opening period, but it was actually Blackhawks defenseman Josef Marha who put it in the net. Passmore stopped Duchesne's shot, but the rebound stopped in the crese and was tipped in by Marha as he tried to clear it.

    "The guy's trying to help out and got a bad bounce and it went in the net," Passmore said. "What are you going to do?"

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