All of a sudden that 6-0 opening season loss to the Blues seems like a long time ago.
Thursday night the Wings defeated St. Louis 5-1 behind an impressive performance by rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek and the third and fourth lines.
Mrazak who made his first career NHL start for a resting Jimmy Howard turned away 26 shots in the win while looking extremely confident between the pipes. He also got plenty of help offensively as the Wings’ production up front finally woke up after two straight lackluster games.
Dan Clearly got things going for Detroit just about midway through the first. Shortly there after Jakub Kindle got his goal of the season to put the Wings up 2-0.
Coming out of the first intermission St. Louis increased the pressure in the Red Wings zone. Alex Pietrangelo eventually got the Blues on the board during the power play to cut the Red Wing lead in half. However less than two minutes later Cory Emmerton got the Wings back up by two before Damien Brunner scored his 5th of the season at the 19:04 to put the Wings up 4-1 heading into the third.
Valtteri Filppula would cap off the Detroit scoring in the third after hustling for a breakaway and putting it past Blues goaltender Brian Elliott.
Red Wings forward Johan Franzen received a 5 minute major and a game misconduct at the 12:38 mark for spearing.
Detroit now leads the season series with the Blues 2-1.