Red Wings' Bertuzzi Marks 1000th Game with Shootout Winner over Wild

Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi made the most of his 1000th career game Sunday afternoon, scoring the deciding shootout goal as the Red Wings defeated the Minnesota Wild, 2-1.

Bertuzzi slowly skated in on Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom and faked him out, lifting a shot into the top of the net. The goal gave Detroit two after three shots, with the Wild having none after two.

Pavel Datsyuk had also scored in the shootout, evading a poke check by Backstrom to lift a shot into the net.

After two scoreless periods, Nicklas Lidstrom drove a shot from the hight slot past Backstrom just 1:10 into the third.

Martin Havlat evened the game back up 3:40 later, taking advantage of a Detroit turnover at the Minnesota blue line to race in all alone and snap a shot past Jimmy Howard.

Howard finished the game with 25 saves on 26 shots. Backstrom stopped 38 of 39 chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had two chances to Minnesota's three tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Tuesday when they host the San Jose Sharks.

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No pregame notes for this one. Kicking the thread off now 'cause I have no idea if I'll even catch the game.

Edit: Looks like DirectTV here uses the Miami affiliate, so I get Ken Daniels doing the Rangers game. Probably won't watch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/19/2011 at 8:39 PM


I'm getting the NBC shaft with the "regional" coverage however, I have the Pittsburgh game... I'm not sure that s regional although it probably has to do with the love affair with Cindy! I will have to settle for the 97.1 stream.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/20/2011 at 11:36 AM


Pregame notes courtesy of

RED WINGS (36-16-6) AT WILD (31-22-5)

TV – NBC (HD).

Last 10: Detroit 7-3-0; Minnesota 7-3-0.

Season Series – Detroit and Minnesota have split the season series so far with the Wild winning a 4-3 contest in overtime on Nov. 19 and the Red Wings winning the next meeting 4-1 on Dec. 26. Sunday's contest will be the third of four meeting between the Western Conference clubs.

Big Story – Minnesota has won three of its last five contests and is slowly but surely paving a path into postseason contention while Detroit has a chance to extend its recent win streak to five games, which would be its longest of the 2010-2011 season.

Team Scope:

Red Wings – Detroit won its fourth straight game for the second time this season with a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday. Todd Bertuzzi notched two goals in that game, including the game-winner in the third period. Something is gelling for Detroit's offense of late as it has combined for 20 goals in its last four games after netting only four goals in its previous four games.

"Everyone's a little bit calmer," Bertuzzi said. "Everyone's going out there and doing it. Be happy and enjoying playing out there. I think we're really concentrating on playing really solid defense and when we do that we end up scoring a lot, too."

Wild – After scoring just two goals in as many games, the Wild broke out of a funk with a 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

"It was a huge win versus a team that's ahead of is in the standings and that we're chasing," said Wild coach Todd Richards.

Matt Cullen tallied the game-winner in that contest with a short-handed goal at the 15:07 mark of the first period. Mikko Koivu, Eric Nystrom, Kyle Brodziak and Martin Havlat also had goals in the game.

Minnesota currently sits in 10th place in the West with 67 points on the season, but just one point separates 6th place from 10th place. With a little bit of consistency, the Wild are still poised to be in the running for a postseason appearance.

Who's hot – Henrik Zetterberg has eight assists in his last five games, including two on Friday.

Injury Report – Detroit is still without forwards Valtteri Filppula (knee) and Mike Modano (wrist) and goalie Chris Osgood (sports hernia surgery). … In Minnesota, defenseman Marek Zidlicky returned to the lineup after missing 21 games with a separated shoulder but Marco Scandella is still out indefinitely with a concussion while James Sheppard (knee), Josh Harding (ACL/MCL) and Guillaume Latendresse (hernia/hip) are all on IR.

Stat Pack – Historically, Detroit has dominated play between these two teams since Minnesota joined the league in 2000, boasting a record of 25-6-3 in that span.

Puck Drop – Minnesota's Mikko Koivu, who has four points in five games (1 goal, 3 assists) including the opening tally in Friday's contest, left that match with a hand injury and is questionable for Sunday's tilt.

"To lose a guy like we did during the game, everyone's got to step up a little bit and we did. He's a huge player on our team and it's a big void when he's not in there," Brodziak said.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/20/2011 at 11:39 AM


Alpha Tango is showing color bars for me. And apparently I actually get the Washington - Buffalo game on TV. Either I misread the map or something's weird.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 12:43 PM


GCL on apparently has all three games free right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 12:51 PM


GCL does indeed work. Even in the Caribbean. Looks like I'll only miss one game this vacation.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 12:56 PM


Wings look like they did in Sunrise, from what I've seen. Outshooting Minnesota, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 1:05 PM


GCL does indeed work. Even in the Caribbean. Looks like I'll only miss one game this vacation.

http://www.ATDHE.meshould work for the other game if you really want to see it. Otherwise, kick back and enjoy the sun!

Posted by Stormo on 2/20/2011 at 1:21 PM


Started to look a bit better later in the period.

I've said this before but I really like Darren Pang as a color commentator. I hope the Wings bring him in when Mickey calls it quits.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 1:21 PM


Otherwise, kick back and enjoy the sun!

Rasmussen is a Danish name. There are few circumstances under which I enjoy the sun. <img src="<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 1:32 PM


I forgot how boring Wild hockey can be. For the Wings to score, it's going to be on a rush or a deflection from outside, IMO.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 1:46 PM


Wings power play was going well until the Rafalski lost stick. No pressure after that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 2:04 PM



Posted by SYfanSD on 2/20/2011 at 2:31 PM


Okay, that's better. Need a lead against this team.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 2:33 PM


Damn, damn, DAMN

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 2:38 PM


At least we get a point? Boring...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 3:09 PM


At least we get a point? Boring...

Yep... Boring!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/20/2011 at 3:10 PM


Incredible stop by Backstrom

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 3:13 PM


OT, definitely not boring. Now the gimmick.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 3:17 PM


More than a little appropriate for Bert to close it out. It's fun to watch him in the SO, never know what crazy sh*t he'll do.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/20/2011 at 3:24 PM

Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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