Wings Open Floodgates on Coyotes
Thursday, 12.8.2011 / 10:52 PM ET
|Pavel Datsyuk had two assists before he left the game Thursday with a lower-body injury. (Photo by Greg Shamus)|
“I think that was one of better periods we played in a long time,” said Todd Bertuzzi, who got the scoring started with his second goal of the season. “I think we were on them, made some great plays and scored a lot of goals.”
It was the Wings’ first five-goal opening period outburst since they jumped on the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 7, 2009. Detroit won that game, 8-3.
Besides Bertuzzi, the Wings got first-period goals by Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom, Darren Helm and Jiri Hudler.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Wings, owners of the league’s best home record at 11-2-1 this season.
“It's a good win for our team and a good bounce back,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Anytime you lose two in a row you want to bounce back right away. I thought our big players were really skating.''
Wings center Pavel Datsyuk left the game early with a lower-body injury and did not return.
“He left early, we knew he was a bit sore going into the game, didn't get sore or anything like that,” Babcock said. “He'll be fine. We'll probably give him tomorrow off and go from there.”