Late Goals Lift Red Wings over Oilers

Todd Bertuzzi and Darren Helm scored within 44 seconds of each other late in the Red Wings' Tuesday night matchup with the Edmonton Oilers, carrying Detroit to a 5-3 win.

Bertuzzi's second of the night broke a 3-3 tie with 2:50 remaining and Helm added an insurance marker with 2:06 left in the game.

Bertuzzi scored on a shot from the left faceoff circle that deflected off of the skate of defenseman Ladislav Smid in front of the net and past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Helm outwaited Khabibulin on a rush, cutting to the slot and snapping a shot into the top corner after Khabibulin went down.

The goals came after the Oilers had rallied from two down to start the period, tying the game.

On a delayed penalty 4:54 into the third, Theo Peckham jumped up and snuck into the slot, where he took a pass from Sam Gagner and snapped a shot past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

Gagner would tie the game with 8:29 left, slipping a shot from the left circle through Osgood's pads after a faceoff win.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game's scoring just 3:43 in with a slap shot from the blue line.

Gilbert Brule responded with 8:22 remaining in the first, skating around Kris Draper to get to the slot and take a feed from Liam Reddox, backhanding a chance past Osgood.

Bertuzzi's first of the night made it 2-1 at 6:40 of the second, when he scored on a wraparound chance.

Draper raced to the net to take a feed from Helm and backhand a shot over Khabibulin with 9:17 remaining in the middle period to make it 3-1, setting up the third.

Though the Oilers did get a goal on a delayed penalty, neither team scored on the power play. The Red Wings had two tries while Edmonton had three.

Osgood stopped 22 of 25 shots in earning the win. Khabibulin made 32 saves on 37 chances.

The Red Wings now have two days off before they visit the Calgary Flames as their five-game road trip continues.


Notes: Detroit was without Patrick Eaves for the third consecutive game. Tomas Tatar continued to play in his place.

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Just realized I never kicked off this thread.

Ozzie's in net, Eaves is back in the lineup. Tatar is out, supposedly headed back to GR. Mursak stays in.

First of five in a row on the road. Late start in Western Canada. I'm already tired.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 8:58 PM

 

Okay, Murph says Eaves is out. Tatar is back in. When the hell did that happen?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 9:02 PM

 

Fantastic shot by Zata. Murph is right, Khabibulin needed to stop that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 9:15 PM

 

Drapes got f*cking burned there. Ouch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 9:27 PM

 

Wings with the quick start but definitely let up. Oilers did a good job of taking advantage. Gotta play sixty damned minutes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 9:44 PM

 

Didn't look like the 30th-ranked PK. Wings got nothing on the power play there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 10:03 PM

 

Bert!!!! f*ck yeah! Nick is still on a point streak!!! I love it!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/4/2011 at 10:10 PM

 

I seriously said aloud earlier tonight, "Bertuzzi's gonna get one soon, if not tonight." I was just thinking I needed to post it.

He's playing strong around the net right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 10:11 PM

 

I seriously said aloud earlier tonight, "Bertuzzi's gonna get one soon, if not tonight." I was just thinking I needed to post it.He's playing strong around the net right now.


Agreed. You know he was going to get something after that boarding call at the end of the first.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/4/2011 at 10:13 PM

 

I just noticed that Nick is second amongst defencemen in scoring however, his +/- is at the lowest it has been in his entire career. He was a minus one for the last few games and now he is a plus 2.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/4/2011 at 10:16 PM

 

Holy f*ck, Draper finished.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 10:21 PM

 

Drapes!!!!! Looks like he is heating up...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/4/2011 at 10:21 PM

 

Ozzie!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/4/2011 at 10:25 PM

 

Ozzie with a couple huge stops. Oilers buzzing after the timeout. Great chance by Mursak.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 10:25 PM

 

Ozzie big again. Way to get the pad over.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 10:29 PM

 

Oilers did a great job of keeping the puck in on that power play. Wings did an equal job of blocking shots.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 11:00 PM

 

Both Edmonton goals have come when someone jumped into the play and wasn't covered. Peckham was Hudler's guy but he'd moved over to get the guy coming from behind the net.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 11:04 PM

 

There's the one people are gonna bitch about. Ozzie probably should have had it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 11:17 PM

 

Back in front!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 11:27 PM

 

Gotta think Fil would have had that if it didn't go in off the skate. Great play there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 11:27 PM

 

Holy sh*t, what a shot by Helm.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 11:28 PM

 

Bert wanted curly fries.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 11:31 PM

 

That could have been a lot worse.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/4/2011 at 11:32 PM

 

It could have however, we seem to be on a roll when scoring four or more goals!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/8/2011 at 9:02 PM

 
Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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