Red Wings’ Bertuzzi Marks 1000th Game with Shootout Winner over Wild

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.

Martin Havlat evened the game back up 3:40 later, taking advantage of a Detroit turnover at the Minnesota blue line to race in all alone and snap a shot past Jimmy Howard.

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.

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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