A little pep talk from coach Scotty Bowman loosened them up. And when the flood gates finally opened, the Red Wings let their frustration out.
Larry Murphy, Steve Yzerman and Tomas Holmstrom scored in a 73-second span of the third period Saturday as the Red Wings snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Bowman, who has guided Detroit to successive Stanley Cup championships, sensed that perhaps his players were trying too hard.
"Scotty gave us a little pep talk before the game," forward Doug Brown said. "He told us to throw away the other stuff, to forget the garbage and start fresh."
It was the 1,432nd game for Murphy, who moved into sole possession of the No. 6 spot on the all-time list for NHL games played, ahead of Mike Gartner.
"Hey, we're still unbeaten in 1999," Brown said, laughing.
MOGILNY RETURNS: Alexander Mogilny, who missed 17 games with a sprained right knee ligament, returned to the Canucks lineup against visiting Montreal.
KINGS' MURRAY HURTS KNEE: Los Angeles wing Glen Murray left the game against Colorado because of severe knee ligament sprain.