The Detroit Red Wings scored a total of only three goals in their first two games of the season but added to that in dramatic fashion in the third, scoring nine times on the Phoenix Coyotes en route to their second-straight win.
The nine goals were the most scored by the Red Wings in over ten years, since a 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings on February 13, 1996.
Mathieu Schneider led the way for Detroit, scoring three goals on the night, his first hat trick since November 26 of last season.
In all, eight Red Wings had multiple-point nights.
Detroit broke open the game in the second period. After entering that frame with a 2-1 lead, they scored five goals on former Red Wing goalie Curtis Joseph.
Mike Morrison replaced Joseph for the third but the Wings scored twice more before the Coyotes could respond with a lone goal to close out the scoring.
The Red Wings ended the night with forty shots on goal, the two Phoenix netminders having stopped 31 of them. Dominik Hasek made 19 saves on 21 shots against in the Detroit net.
The seven-goal margin of victory was Detroit’s largest since their surprising 7-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game Seven of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.