Shootout Loss Spoils Bertuzzi's Detroit Debut

A shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets spoiled the debut of Todd Bertuzzi for the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.

Bertuzzi, playing his first game since November when he was with the Florida Panthers, finished the night plus-one with no points and a missed shootout attempt.

Former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov clinched the win for Columbus, scoring in the sixth round of the shootout. Mikael Samuelsson had missed on Detroit attempt in the final round.

Neither team scored in the first forty minutes of play, which was controlled by Columbus as the Red Wings played a lazy game.

Pavel Datsyuk scored to get Detroit on the board at 8:30 of the third period. Jiri Hudler poked the puck to him in the neutral zone and Datsyuk carried into the Columbus end before wristing a shot past the glove of Blue Jackets' goalie Fredrik Norrena.

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen tied things back up with 2:42 remaining, firing a shot from the top of the left circle that bounced off the blade of Robert Lang's stick and past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood.

Osgood finished the night with 29 saves on 30 shots against. Norrena made 35 saves on 36 shots, with half of those shots coming in the third period.

Neither team scored on the power play. Detroit five tries and Columbus had six, including a lengthy five-on-three.

The point for the shootout loss gives the Red Wings 100 on the year, the seventh season in a row that they've reached triple-digit points. They'll look to add to that total on Saturday when they host the St. Louis Blues.


Notes: Dan Cleary also returned to the Detroit lineup. He was held without a point but scored in his fourth-round shootout attempt.

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The Wings might be coming off two losses but they're getting healthy again, with Dan Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi in the lineup tonight. Ellis and Langfeld will sit but neither has been sent back to GR yet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/22/2007 at 12:10 PM

 

Not a bad first, but no great either. Cleary and Bertuzzi in the lineup is certainly a good reason to smile. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/suspect.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":suspect:" border="0" alt="suspect.gif" />

I'm going to go on a limb and say Bertuzzi scores tonight in the third; the game winner too! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

GO WINGS!!

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/22/2007 at 8:16 PM

 

Heh, I'm trying not to have high expectations for a guy who hasn't played in months. He did start getting to the front of the net, though.

Thought Ozzie looked calm. Always a relief after watching Hasek looking bored.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/22/2007 at 8:23 PM

 

The Wings have been absolutely buzzing throughtout the third. Very comforting to get the lead, bit of a lucky goal by Datsyuk. Lets see if they can make it hold and jump into first place.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/22/2007 at 9:45 PM

 

Aww damn, how big is Chelios' shot off the post when the Jackets turn around and go the other way, getting the tying goal? Gotta keep the pressure up. Doesn't matter if Columbus gets a point, the Wings need two.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/22/2007 at 9:59 PM

 

Right, we do need the points. I'm none to worried about our bracket race though. Not sure why, but seems like Detroit is going to have a tough time of it whoever they play.

AGAIN!!!

Damn boys..hit the net!!

Go Wings.

Come on Kronwall, learn to at least hit the net. always with him he is shooting so hard and off!

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/22/2007 at 10:06 PM

 

Shootout. Damn.

Wings kept it up and had great pressure, now Columbus has weathered the storm and has a better chance to steal the extra point.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/22/2007 at 10:08 PM

 

Right, we do need the points. I'm none to worried about our bracket race though. Not sure why, but seems like Detroit is going to have a tough time of it whoever they play. AGAIN!!!Damn boys..hit the net!!Go Wings.Come on Kronwall, learn to at least hit the net. always with him he is shooting so hard and off!


Sorry man, I had put the game on Pause for a while and forget about the .....Score..Dats!!

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/22/2007 at 10:10 PM

 

Sudden death shootout. Holy hell.

Damnit, a blown opportunity.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/22/2007 at 10:17 PM

 

Maybe the Wings aren't really all that serious about the the Division/Conference. I'd rather see them healthy, strong and end up 4th, than battered and tired with 1st. Looks like Colorado might end up with the bottom seed. Wouldn't that be great to see the Wings play the Avs in the first round?!?! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/suspect.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":suspect:" border="0" alt="suspect.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/22/2007 at 10:35 PM

 

Crap, another OT loss

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2007 at 6:18 PM

 

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