ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues tuned up for the playoffs in more ways than one.
Brett Hull registered his 33rd career hat trick and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and three assists as the Red Wings posted a 6-2 triumph in a brawl-filled contest with the Blues, sweeping the five-game season series for the first time.
Hull, who spent more than 10 seasons with St. Louis, opened the scoring midway through the first period, chipping a pass from rookie Henrik Zetterberg past former Red Wing Chris Osgood. He tallied twice in the final four minutes - which were filled with numerous fights - to raise his team-leading goal total to 36.
It was the second hat trick in seven games for Hull, who signed a one-year contract extension Thursday.
Sergei Fedorov and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for the Red Wings, who lead the Western Conference with 104 points and have just three losses in their last 22 games.
St. Louis defenseman Chris Pronger played more than 16 minutes and scored in his season debut. The former Hart and Norris Trophy winner had been sidelined after undergoing knee and wrist surgery following last season's Western Conference semifinals against Detroit.
"It felt good," Pronger said of his wrist. "Never had pain, not once. I just won't be playing back-to-back games."
Pronger got the Blues within 2-1 late in the first period, ripping a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past goalie Manny Legace. But the long layoff showed as he was on the ice for five of Detroit's six goals.
"I didn't handle the puck the way I would have liked," Pronger said. "The first period was a little shaky. I guess for a first game, that's something you can use and build on."
Valeri Bure also played his first game with the Blues since he was acquired from Florida at the trade deadline. Bure nearly made it a successful debut, putting a shot off the crossbar early in the second period.
Tyson Nash scored to get the Blues within 3-2 at 12:22, but Fedorov restored Detroit's two-goal lead 51 seconds later with a blast over Osgood's glove.
The game took a turn in the final 10 minutes as the teams combined for 243 minutes in penalties. In the final minute, 13 players received misconducts, including St. Louis rookie defenseman Barret Jackman and Luc Robitaille of the Red Wings.
"We were frustrated," Jackman said. "There were a few guys that were taking some liberties out there. We just wanted to show them that the next time we meet, it's going to be a battle."
"It was probably just frustration that the game got out of hand, down 6-2," St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville added. "Probably the result of our regular-season frustration against that team.
It was an emotional game."
Robitaille voiced his displeasure with the Blues' antics.
"It's an embarrassment for the league," he said. "They always talk about this stuff and then go out and do that. It was obvious from the beginning of the third when we got a two-goal lead, when (Reed) Low was going after Mac (Darren McCarty).
After two or three times, they end up fighting. A game on national TV, there's no need for that."