The Red Wings didn’t manage a shot until 7:15 into the game and Detroit defenseman Brian Lashoff hit the goal post with a little under two minutes left in the opening period.
“We wanted to have a good first period,” Toews said. “We were glad to put up a lot of goals early. But we knew we couldn’t let up.”
Toews and Saad scored eight seconds apart early in the second period for a 5-0 lead. Saad also added an assist.
Toews got his 17 goal, at 3:52. That sent Howard to the showers and Saad collected his sixth goal of the season at 4:00, on the first shot on Gustavsson.
Bolland’s second goal of the game and seventh of the season came 7:55 into the third. Leddy got his sixth goal, with 3:39 left. Emmerton thwarted Crawford’s shutout bid with 33 seconds left.
Sunday was Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday. The Red Wings wore jerseys with Howe’s retired No. 9 during warmups. He was on hand at Joe Louis Arena signing autographs, and fans could sign a birthday card for Howe. Former Red Wings’ D Nicklas Lidstrom, who won seven Norris Trophies, was in from Sweden for the occasion. Also on hand were Red Wings Hall of Famers Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio . Detroit C and captain Henrik Zetterberg didn’t play because of a lower-body injury after skating in warmups. He is day-to-day. . Chicago Fs Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa were both on the injured list with lower-body injuries. . Red Wings’ F Mikael Samuelsson returned after missing 19 games with a broken finger. . Detroit F Johan Franzen played after leaving the Red Wings’ previous game (a 2-0 loss in San Jose on Thursday night) after the second period with a lower-body injury.