DETROIT—The St. Louis Blues took full advantage of a backup goalie and another netminder making his NHL debut.
Cam Janssen and Chris Porter scored for the first time this season, helping St. Louis beat the Detroit Red Wings 10-3 on Wednesday night.
"We just kept pushing and it started steamrolling," Janssen said.
The Red Wings gave up eight goals in the first two periods of a game for the first time since 1986 and 10 in a game for the first time since 1993.
"Thank God it's over," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "It looked like it was never going to end there for a while. It was unacceptable. Any way you look at it -- more than a touchdown -- it's ugly."
Joey MacDonald, playing for the injured Jimmy Howard, was chased after giving up five goals midway through the second period. MacDonald was back in net for the third period after Thomas McCollum, called up Monday from the East Coast Hockey League because Chris Osgood is also injured, gave up three goals on eight shots in a debut he'd like to forget.
"Things can only go up from here," McCollum said.
Jaroslav Halak, meanwhile, made 41 saves for the Blues.
Detroit has won only one of six, cutting its cushion to six points ahead of Nashville in the Central Division with five games left for both teams and its lead over San Jose to a point in a race to be the second-seeded team in the Western Conference playoffs.