Bertuzzi Lifts Red Wings over Ducks in OT

Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game on a Red Wings power play 1:07 into overtime Friday night, giving Detroit a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Bertuzzi took a pass from Brad Stuart down low to the left of Anaheim netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere, drove to the front of the net, and roofed a shot over Giguere’s shoulder.

The goal capped a Wings rally from down 2-0 entering the third period.

Saku Koivu had opened the game’s scoring at 8:05 of the second period, finishing a tic-tac-toe passing play with a tap-in from the slot.

Rookie Dan Sexton put the Ducks up by a pair with just 56 seconds left in the period. Sexton threw a shot at Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from the side of the net. The puck bounced off of Howard’s stick, caught on his pad, and then dropped into the net.

Tomas Holmstrom got the Red Wings on the board during their seventh power play of the night, beating Giguere from the slot off of a feed from Ville Leino 2:17 into the third period.

Bertuzzi’s first goal of the night tied the game just after the expiration of another Detroit power play. At 9:36 of the third he sent a puck from the corner to the crease, banking it off of Giguere and into the net.

Sexton’s goal and both of Bertuzzi’s markers came from nearly the same spot on the ice.

The Red Wings finished the night with two power play goals on ten chances. The Ducks were held scoreless on four power play tries.

Howard made 25 saves on 27 shots while Giguere stopped 28 of 31 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings return to the ice Saturday night in Nashville.


Detroit defensemen Brian Rafalski and Brett Lebda each missed time during the game due to injury. Rafalski took a puck to the face in the first period while Lebda appeared to injure his shoulder in the play leading up to Koivu’s goal. Both blueliners returned later in the game.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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