The Detroit Red Wings ended their longest skid in four seasons by awakening a slumbering offense. Scoring goals against their next opponent hasn't proved too difficult in recent matchups.
The Red Wings will try to build on their much-needed victory by continuing their success against the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.
Detroit scored 18 goals while opening with five straight wins for the first time since 1972-73 but produced six during a subsequent 0-5-1 skid. The Red Wings snapped that losing streak in emphatic fashion Saturday with a 5-0 rout of Anaheim.
Veteran defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom had a season-high three points with two goals and an assist, Johan Franzen added a goal and two assists while snapping a six-game point drought, and Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots during his seventh career shutout.
"It gives the whole team that relief that we finally won a game and we scored some goals, too," Lidstrom said. "We got rewarded by going to the net and getting some g...