NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Detroit
(Wednesday, March 30th)
Final Score: St. Louis 10, Detroit 3
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Chris Porter scored two goals and dished out an assist, as the St. Louis Blues annihilated the Detroit Red Wings, 10-3, at Joe Louis Arena.
Chris Stewart and Vladimir Sobotka each had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who have won three of four. Patrik Berglund, B.J. Crombeen, Matt D'Agostini, Roman Polak and Cam Janssen all registered a goal and an assist.
Jaroslav Halak made 41 saves for the victors.
Mike Modano, Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who have lost two in a row and five of six overall.
Joey MacDonald, who was making his second straight start for an injured Jimmy Howard, turned aside 32-of-39 shots before being pulled. Thomas McCollum, the 30th overall pick in the 2008 draft, took over in net and stopped 5-of-8 shots in his NHL debut.
The Red Wings gave up 10 goals in a game for the first time since October 1993.
"Today we got outworked. Today we were a disgrace. You just got to go home and forget about it, come back home and regroup," Zetterberg said.
Detroit sits second in the Western Conference with 98 points, one up on idle San Jose. The Red Wings are also six points ahead of the Predators for first place in the Central Division.
The Red Wings drew first blood at the 5:51 mark of the first period. Tomas Holmstrom's slapper from the left point set up a rebound in front. Modano was right there to put the puck in the back of the net.
St. Louis tied the game with 5:54 to go. Berglund's shot from in front snuck through the pads of MacDonald. Stewart found the loose puck and guided it across the line for a 1-1 game.
Janssen came into the game without a goal in his past 114 games, but he broke that drought with 3:56 remaining in the opening period by jamming home a rebound.
Bertuzzi's tip-in off a Johan Franzen shot with 2:05 to go made it 2-2.
It was all Blues from that point on. Porter's first goal of the year just 29 seconds later made it 3-2. His shot from the left circle found the top right corner of the net.
St. Louis scored on the power play just 1:54 into the middle stanza for a two- goal lead. Nikita Nikitin controlled the puck at the point and slid a pass to the side of the net. The disc hit off D'Agostini's left skate and went into the net. It was originally called no goal as the refs thought D'Agostini kicked the puck in. Replay showed that D'Agostini did not use a kicking motion, and it was ruled a goal.
Crombeen lit the lamp at the 5:23 mark to make it a 5-2 game. After the Red Wings failed to clear their own zone, Crombeen beat MacDonald with a shot from the slot.
The margin was the same following power-play goals from St. Louis forward David Backes and Zetterberg.
Polak made it a 7-3 game with 5:13 left in the second period. Sobotka lit the lamp over a minute later to make it a five-goal game.
Berglund and Porter scored in the third period to account for the final margin.
"I looked up at the scoreboard and thought it would be nice to find that double-digit mark," Backes said of his thoughts before Porter's goal.
The Red Wings took four of six meetings from the Blues this season...Detroit is two points shy of its 11th straight 100-point season...Blues forward T.J. Oshie (disciplinary) missed the game...St. Louis went 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Red Wings went 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
03/31 01:24:31 ET