Valtteri Filppula returned from a one-game absence with a goal and an assist in a five-goal first period as the Detroit Red Wings blitzed the visiting Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 on Thursday night.
Todd Bertuzzi, Tomas Holmstrom, Darren Helm and Jiri Hudler also scored in the opening 20 minutes for Detroit, which snapped a two-game losing streak and notched its NHL-best 11th home win.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg had two assists apiece to make it an easy night for Jimmy Howard, who turned aside 30 shots in posting his league-high 16th win.
Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal scored goals for Phoenix, which had its two-game winning streak halted.
Coyotes netminder Mike Smith was yanked after allowing four goals on 11 shots to fall to 1-4-0 lifetime against the Red Wings.
Bertuzzi scored only 76 seconds into the contest, floating down the middle and wristing a shot between Smith's pads.
Filppula, who missed one game with a lacerated shin, scored his sixth goal in seven games at the 2:09 mark and the rout was on.
Smith's night came to an end when Holmstrom and Helm scored 43 seconds apart. Datsyuk's two assists gave him 51 points in 35 career games against Phoenix.