DETROIT (AP) — The St. Louis Blues were workmanlike, methodical and — most of all — effective on Monday night.
Magnus Paarjarvi, Barret Jackman, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester scored to give the Blues a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Alex Steen added two assists and Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for the Blues, who had lost their previous two games.
"The first two periods we played the way we had to play," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I think the scoring chances were about even in the first two periods but the zone time was in our favor."
Jackman and Shattenkirk scored 1:20 apart early in the second period to break a 1-1 tie.
"We had a full team effort, at least for the first 2½ periods," Jackman said. "... The first 50 minutes, I thought we played a total, controlled, very aggressive solid game."
Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots before being replaced by Petr Mrazek midway through the second period because of a left knee injury.
It's the same knee that caused Howard, one of the Team USA Olympic goalies, to miss much of December.
"He got hurt. The same knee, I guess," Red Wings' coach Mike Babcock said.
Howard is day to day.
Detroit came into the game missing several regulars because of injuries.
Mrazek made 13 saves.
"Well I think we obviously were not good enough from our side," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said.
"Still we had it 1-1 after the first, had some good looks on the 5-on-3 (in the second period) there and couldn't really get it going, but in the third their fourth goal kind of ended the game tonight."
Jackman broke a 1-1 tie with a screened one-time shot from the high slot at 1:01 of the middle period with the teams playing 4-on-4. It was Jackman's third goal of the season.