ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Brett Hull's pre-game jersey retirement
ceremony wasn't about to put the Red Wings off their game.
Despite sitting and watching the long ceremony for Hull, who was
the star attraction in St. Louis for 11 years but also won a
Stanley Cup with Detroit, the Red Wings came out fresh.
Detroit scored two goals in the first four and a half minutes,
and had 10 shots on goal in the first 10 minutes, in a 5-1 rout of
the Blues on Tuesday night.
"We wanted to have a good start after not having moved around
for close to 45 minutes," defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "We
talked about a quick start after that long ceremony."
The pre-game ceremony marking the retirement of the No. 16
sweater Hull wore in St. Louis delayed the start by nearly an hour.
But unlike when the Blues ended a franchise-record 13-game losing
streak with a victory over Edmonton following the retirement of Al
MacInnis' number last season, St. Louis got no such carry-over
effect Tuesday in dropping its fifth consecutive game.
"How can you not get ready for tonight's game?" coach Mike
Kitchen said. "You just look around. You've got a full building,
there's a lot of electricity in the air, and they're not ready to
play? Come on."
The Blues have not won since earning a 3-2 shootout victory Nov.
24 at Detroit.
"You know what I see: work ethic," Kitchen said. "How bad do
you want it?"
Hull, meeting with reporters in the second period, tried to
separate the game from the ceremony. He wasn't sure why the emotion
wasn't a motivating factor for the Blues.
"It certainly can be," Hull said. "It also can't be too,
Pavel Datsyuk had an assist on Henrik Zetterberg's team-leading
ninth goal 2:34 into the game and gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead
with his fourth goal about 2 minutes later. Daniel Cleary made it
three goals on 12 shots later in the first period, chasing goalie
It was Datsyuk's first goal in 16 games.
The Red Wings had 11 shots on goal before the Blues took their
first. The rare near-capacity crowd gave Keith Tkachuk a mock cheer
after he took a lazy shot at the Detroit net with 8:08 left in the
period for their first shot on goal.
"We did a really good job from the start," Zetterberg said.
"The puck went in the net, and it's a little bit easier then."
Jason Bacashihua, who was called up Sunday from the American
Hockey League on Sunday for his third stint of the season with the
Blues, faced 20 shots.
Zetterberg's first-period goal extended the Detroit's
league-high streak of games in which the team has scored to 146.
...The Red Wings failed to get a shot off in their second
power-play opportunity. ... The Blues play at Detroit on Thursday.