The Red Wings enjoyed something they hadn't the entire season, goals from both the third and fourth lines Thursday night.
Defenseman Jakub Kindl, in an out of the lineup in recent games, scored his first goal of the season.
And goalie Petr Mrazek, making his NHL debut, turned in a great performance against one of the better teams in the league.
So after consecutive losses to the two worst teams in the West (Columbus, Calgary), of course the Red Wings marched into St. Louis and soundly defeated the Blues, 5-1.
Talk about an evening everything came together for the Red Wings.
"A step in the right direction," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Hopefully we can build off this."
Daniel Cleary, Kindl, Cory Emmerton, Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula scored for the Wings (5-4-1, 11 points), who've beaten the Blues twice since being embarrassed on opening night.
Alex Pietrangelo (power play) answered for the Blues (6-4-0, 12 points), who've suddenly lost three straight games.
They were the first goals of the season for Cleary (third line) and Emmerton (fourth), and when Cleary scored at 5:14 of the first period, it was the first time anyone from the bottom two lines had scored all season.
The lines produced eight points after contributing an astounding one through the first nine games.
"You need it. You can't keep going to the well (the top lines)," coach Mike Babcock said. "Anytime you have depth to score it's a positive thing. We had one point from the bottom six (through nine games); they were due."
Said Emmerton: "It's the time of year when you have to get the goals and hopefully we can get on a roll."
As for Mrazek, 20, the rookie played with the poise and confidence he has shown in the minor leagues this season.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130207/SPORTS0103/302070487#ixzz2KJpsHnJt
Wings trounce Blues as goalie Petr Mrazek wins in NHL debut
Detroit News | Feb 8