For the first nine games of the season, the Detroit Red Wings' bottom six forwards were missing in action.
Thursday night, they finally resurfaced.
In St. Louis, of all places.
After failing to get an even-strength point all season, the Red Wings' third and fourth lines exploded for eight to help make rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek's NHL debut a success with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.
"That's important that we get everybody scoring," said Danny Cleary, one of three Red Wings who scored his first goal of the season. "We know we haven't produced enough. Guys take it personally. Guys have a lot of pride.
"The key, when you have a stretch like this, is you got to believe in yourself, stay confident and work hard.''
Cleary was one of seven Red Wings who recorded their first points.
Cleary, defenseman Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton all bagged their first goal of the season while Tomas Tatar, Justin Abdelkader, Drew Miller and Jordin Tootoo had their first assists.
Miller finished with a pair of assists.
"I don't think anything was different besides the fact we scored," said Emmerton, whose goal was a big one since it gave Detroit a 3-1 lead less than two minutes after Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis on a power play with 4:15 left in the second period.
Detroit Red Wings' third and fourth lines finally come to life offensively in win at St. Louis
Michigan Live | Feb 8