Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi made the most of his 1000th career game Sunday afternoon, scoring the deciding shootout goal as the Red Wings defeated the Minnesota Wild, 2-1.
Bertuzzi slowly skated in on Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom and faked him out, lifting a shot into the top of the net. The goal gave Detroit two after three shots, with the Wild having none after two.
Pavel Datsyuk had also scored in the shootout, evading a poke check by Backstrom to lift a shot into the net.
After two scoreless periods, Nicklas Lidstrom drove a shot from the hight slot past Backstrom just 1:10 into the third.
Howard finished the game with 25 saves on 26 shots. Backstrom stopped 38 of 39 chances.
Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had two chances to Minnesota’s three tries with the extra attacker.
The Red Wings return to the ice on Tuesday when they host the San Jose Sharks.