Red Wings Need Shootout to Down Blackhawks

Icing their “A” team, the Detroit Red Wings still needed a shootout to defeat the “B” team of the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night, picking up a 4-3 victory in the tiebreaker.

Todd Bertuzzi scored a highlight-reel goal and Henrik Zetterberg added another with only Brandon Pirri scoring for Chicago.

Detroit had led 2-0 and 3-1 but the Blackhawks rallied both times.

Valtteri Filppula opened the game’s scoring, snapping a shot from the high slot past Alexander Salak on a Detroit power play at 7:35 of the first period.

Zetterberg made it 2-0 with 47 seconds left in the period, snapping a shot over Salak from in close off a feed from Johan Franzen.

Pirri scored his first of two goals shorthanded at 7:32 of the second, blasting a shot from the top of the left circle past Ty Conklin, off the post and in.

Nicklas Lidstrom made it 3-1 with Detroit’s second power play goal of the night just 1:23 later. Just as a five-on-three expired, he took a pass at the top of the right faceoff circle from Ian White and rifled it past Salak.

Jimmy Hayes pulled the Hawks to back within one with 3:59 left in the middle period, beating Conklin from right in front after being left all alone to take a pass from Ben Smith.

Pirri tied the game at 9:33 of the third, capitalizing on a Brendan Smith turnover. Smith gave the puck up to Hayes in the right circle who worked it on to Pirri in the slot for a shot past Conklin.

The Red Wings are next in action on Tuesday night when they’re in Grand Rapids for their second Red & White game of the preseason. The next night they’ll be in Chicago for a rematch with the Blackhawks.

Detroit lost forward Jan Mursak to a fractured ankle when he crashed awkwardly into the boards in the second period. He is expected to miss two months.

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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