Hudler, Bertuzzi Lead Red Wings Past Avalanche

Todd Bertuzzi contributed to two goals and Jiri Hudler notched his first of the season Saturday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

Bertuzzi opened the scoring with 7:02 remaining in the first period and the Red Wings on the power play. Johan Franzen gained the Colorado zone and dished off to Bertuzzi to carry up the right wing boards. Bertuzzi cut to the right faceoff circle and snapped a shot over the shoulder of Colorado goalie Peter Budaj.

Hudler made it 2-0 just 30 seconds into the second period. After stepping out of the penalty box on a carry-over penalty from the first period, Hudler took a long pass from Nicklas Lidstrom to break in alone on Budaj. Budaj stopped his first chance but Hudler kept control of the puck and sent it out front from behind the net, banking it off of Budaj's skate and in.

Danny Cleary put the Red Wings up by three at 5:52 of the second. Bertuzzi carried the puck down the right wing and sent it to Cleary in the slot for a backhand chance over Budaj's shoulder.

John-Michael Liles scored Colorado's lone goal at 5:28 of the third period, moving from the slot to the left faceoff circle and outwaiting Henrik Zetterberg and Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard to get a shot at the open net.

The goal came on a five-on-three for the Avalanche. They finished the night one-for-five on the power play while the Red Wings went one-for-four.

Howard stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced in net for Detroit. Budaj made 22 saves on 25 shots.

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The Red Wings host an Avalanche team missing eight regulars tonight. Given what the Wings went through last year, I have no sympathy.

Detroit, on the other hand, is about as healthy as they've been all year. Chris Osgood and Kris Draper are still out but are returning to practice. Drew Miller and Jakub Kindl will be healthy scratches tonight.

The Avs won last night in Columbus and beat Detroit in a shootout the last time the two teams met so they can't be overlooked.

I'll be at the game but will check in as I can. I may also be tweeting with the official DH.N Twitter account, @detroithockey96 (I'm not really using it all that much yet but might in this case, if there's anything to say).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/13/2010 at 3:52 PM

 

Draper took the pregame skate. That was a surprise.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/13/2010 at 6:48 PM

 

Bertuzzi on the Power Play! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/sad.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/13/2010 at 7:38 PM

 

It's also nice to see Kronner pick up the assist!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/13/2010 at 7:39 PM

 

I like the new helmet Jimmy is sporting.

Look how many Wings have multiple goal/point streaks going!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/13/2010 at 7:45 PM

 

Clark,

You may have already done it however, can you get a good picture of the scoreboard as I have never seen it?

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/13/2010 at 7:53 PM

 

FINALLY!!!! Hudler gets on the stat sheet!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/13/2010 at 8:02 PM

 

I think there's a scoreboard photo on the site already but I just took another in case.

Great job by Huds to stick with it there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/13/2010 at 8:04 PM

 

You are the man!!!!

Another Norris for Nick?

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/13/2010 at 8:06 PM

 

Clears!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/13/2010 at 8:12 PM

 

Yeah baby! 3-1!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/13/2010 at 9:22 PM

 

Solid game, not the best but gotta love the outcome. Thought the 5-on-3 was cheap but haven't seen replays.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/13/2010 at 9:28 PM

 

Photos from the game (mostly pre-game) are available at http://www.detroitho...date=2010-11-13. The aforementioned scoreboard photo is at http://www.detroitho...oreboard_at.php.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/14/2010 at 1:22 AM

 
Jiri Hudler

Jiri Hudler
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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