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.


Notes: 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.

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The Ducks come into tonight's matchup with Joffrey Lupul. The Wings, meanwhile, are missing about 7 players better than Lupul so you're not gonna find me crying for Anaheim. Teemu Selanne is also out for the Ducks but I'm still not crying.

Ville Leino is back in the lineup, playing on a Frankenstein second line with Justin Abdelkader and Todd Bertuzzi. I propose calling this the "I'm not even supposed to be here today" line as Leino and Abdelkader should still be in Grand Rapids and there are plenty of people who think Bertuzzi has no place in the NHL.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in Detroit's net. Supposedly Jonas Hiller gets the nod for Anaheim.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 7:09 PM

 

Sweet, we're 20 minutes in and the Wings aren't losing yet.

God, it sucks to have that be the high point.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 8:23 PM

 

Sweet, we're 20 minutes in and the Wings aren't losing yet.God, it sucks to have that be the high point.


I hate it, but I agree with you.And the poll on the front page is hysterical! But again, for bad reasons. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/11/2009 at 8:41 PM

 

f*cking sweet. Another goddamned injury and the the Ducks score on the same play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 8:51 PM

 

Love seeing Abs throwing punches even after the take down. Looking like he came to fight, not to wrestle.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 9:03 PM

 

Jesus f*cking Christ, Howie! Do you want to keep your job?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 9:12 PM

 

ok officially done with wings until some players come back. Holland do your job. HORRID.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 12/11/2009 at 9:14 PM

 

Like I said in the last GDT, what do you want Holland to do? Heal some people?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 9:17 PM

 

Not a shutout!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 9:34 PM

 

Of course I miss the Wings' goal ><img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.png" /> But good to see some progress!______________


Like I said in the last GDT, what do you want Holland to do? Heal some people?


Right after he ends world hunger and cures cancer! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/11/2009 at 9:36 PM

 

I like this rookie ref.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 9:43 PM

 

I'll be damned, Bert ties it up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 9:47 PM

 

That one I saw! Bertuzzi is so great this time around!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/11/2009 at 9:48 PM

 

I wish that would've made it in ):

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/11/2009 at 10:07 PM

 

Wings have to score on the 4-on-3.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 10:08 PM

 

Bert! Holy f*ck!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 10:10 PM

 

I really think Bertuzzi is the only one who cares about playing this year. But thank god he's here <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/11/2009 at 10:10 PM

 

I really think Bertuzzi is the only one who cares about playing this year. But thank god he's here <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />


That celebration after the goal? Looked like a kid. Sweet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/11/2009 at 10:20 PM

 

Good news is after my rants the wings have some kind of comeback. This was after period 1 vs. devils I said, "This team that brings itself upon the ice surface for the Red Wings is absolutely HORRIBLE. Devils 2nd game on a back-to-back and completely outplay the wings or whatever you want to call them. They should tank and get a high pick for once. I can't bare to watch."

They come back to get a point in ot loss, then win sunday v rangers.

Just superstitions of mine.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 12/11/2009 at 11:24 PM

 
Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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