Bertuzzi Leads Red Wings over Blue Jackets

Todd Bertuzzi scored twice on Saturday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home series.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made 28 saves in the win, including 14 in a first period that saw the Red Wings badly outshot.

Antoine Vermette opened the game's scoring with 7:50 left in that opening period. Jakub Vorecek picked up the puck in the Detroit end on a miscommunication between Derek Meech and Valtteri Filppula. Howard stopped Vorecek's chance but Vermette scored on the rebound to put Columbus in front.

Detroit nearly tied the game early in the second when a Brad Stuart shot deflected off of R.J. Umberger before hitting both posts and bouncing out.

Bertuzzi scored his first of the game to even things up, taking a feed from Pavel Datsyuk in behind the defense and cutting around netminder Mathieu Garon for a power play goal at 6:38 of the second.

It looked like Columbus would retake the lead with three minutes left in the middle period but a tremendous defensive play by Darren Helm kept the game tied. A shot from Umberger bounced over Howard and was headed into the net before Helm swatted the puck up into the air at the goal line and then batted it out of the crease with his glove.

Bertuzzi would add his second at 2:44 of the third to put the Red Wings in front. Brian Rafalski fired a shot from the blue line intentionally wide of the net and Bertuzzi was there to pick up the puck as it came out the other side, banging it into the open cage.

In the game's closing seconds Filppula put a shot off the side of an empty Columbus net but the Wings held on without the insurance goal.

Bertuzzi's first goal was the game's only power play tally. The Red Wings had five chances with the extra attacker while the Blue Jackets had four.

Garon finished the night with 25 saves on 27 Detroit chances.

The two teams meet again on Monday in Columbus.


Notes: Rafalski and Filppula returned to the Detroit lineup. Rafalski had missed one game with the flu while Filppula had been out since October with a broken wrist. The Red Wings are now down to seven injured regulars.

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Kicking this off early as I have to run to Canton and Ikea shortly and may not survive.

Good news for Detroit tonight as Valtteri Filppula and Brian Rafalski are expected back. If they return it's likely that Mattias Ritola and Jakub Kindl will be out and on the way back to GR.

The holidays have me out of the loop but I assume Jimmy Howard gets the start.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2009 at 4:48 PM

 

Hopefully Val tears it up tonight!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/26/2009 at 6:29 PM

 

Jackets get the first goal. That sucks!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/26/2009 at 7:26 PM

 

Wings just got a goal waived off? I didn't see, but I walked in and heard "No goal" and lots of boos, so I'm making an assumption here.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/26/2009 at 8:05 PM

 

Yeah... classic example of bad luck

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/26/2009 at 8:07 PM

 

Bertuzzi is a beast. Tied at 1 now!

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Funny and unrelated:

Please read the caption that goes with this picture.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/26/2009 at 8:10 PM

 

The radio guys thought that was a goal. It'd be a shame in a period the Wings have dominated.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2009 at 8:30 PM

 

And Bertuzzi again! Sweet jesus.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/26/2009 at 8:55 PM

 

Red Wings get the win <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Awesome.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/26/2009 at 9:20 PM

 

Frikkin' sweet. I thought Howard was gonna shoot it at the empty net at the end there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2009 at 9:22 PM

 

They need to put Helm in for the save of the year!!! It was so nice to get the W and seeing Bert on fire is so nice after dropping three in a row. Dr. Fil came close on a couple plays and I was hoping he would get one however; we have to wait till the next game for that. I agree with Clark that it would have been awesome to have Howard go for the empty netter since Chris Osgood was the last goalie to score one in Detroit.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/27/2009 at 1:15 PM

 
Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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