Red Wings Need Shootout to Down Blackhawks

Icing their "A" team, the Detroit Red Wings still needed a shootout to defeat the "B" team of the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night, picking up a 4-3 victory in the tiebreaker.

Todd Bertuzzi scored a highlight-reel goal and Henrik Zetterberg added another with only Brandon Pirri scoring for Chicago.

Detroit had led 2-0 and 3-1 but the Blackhawks rallied both times.

Valtteri Filppula opened the game's scoring, snapping a shot from the high slot past Alexander Salak on a Detroit power play at 7:35 of the first period.

Zetterberg made it 2-0 with 47 seconds left in the period, snapping a shot over Salak from in close off a feed from Johan Franzen.

Pirri scored his first of two goals shorthanded at 7:32 of the second, blasting a shot from the top of the left circle past Ty Conklin, off the post and in.

Nicklas Lidstrom made it 3-1 with Detroit's second power play goal of the night just 1:23 later. Just as a five-on-three expired, he took a pass at the top of the right faceoff circle from Ian White and rifled it past Salak.

Jimmy Hayes pulled the Hawks to back within one with 3:59 left in the middle period, beating Conklin from right in front after being left all alone to take a pass from Ben Smith.

Pirri tied the game at 9:33 of the third, capitalizing on a Brendan Smith turnover. Smith gave the puck up to Hayes in the right circle who worked it on to Pirri in the slot for a shot past Conklin.

The Red Wings are next in action on Tuesday night when they're in Grand Rapids for their second Red & White game of the preseason. The next night they'll be in Chicago for a rematch with the Blackhawks.


Notes: Detroit lost forward Jan Mursak to a fractured ankle when he crashed awkwardly into the boards in the second period. He is expected to miss two months.

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After the first night off of the preseason, the exhibitions continue tonight as the Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks. This one's televised (FSD/NHLN-US) but I won't be posting much as this is my first game of the season. I'll tweet and post what I can.

Khan has today's lineup...

Filppula - Zetterberg - Franzen
Miller - Abdelkader - Bertuzzi
Nyquist - Emmerton - Brunnstrom
Conner - Andersson - Mursak

Lidstrom - White
Ericsson - Kindl
Smith - Commodore

Conklin
McCollum

I assume McCollum will be in for the third period, his first preseason action.

I'll be trying out my new camera today, so hopefully there will be good pics to share later.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/25/2011 at 3:15 PM

 

White left warmups early, didn't see why. Maybe no big deal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/25/2011 at 4:56 PM

 

White back out on the ic, must have been nothing

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/25/2011 at 5:05 PM

 

Valtteri Filppula, god love him.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 9/25/2011 at 5:21 PM

 

You could see the Fil goal coming. Nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/25/2011 at 5:28 PM

 

Wings got stuck with tired line in their own zone for a second.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/25/2011 at 5:34 PM

 

The Filppula - Zetterberg - Franzen line continues looking good. I like Fil on the wing.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/25/2011 at 5:41 PM

 

Conklin not looking great. Can't believe Nyqvist missed that chance. Mursak looked hurt bad.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/25/2011 at 6:40 PM

 

Conklin not looking great. Can't believe Nyqvist missed that chance. Mursak looked hurt bad.


Nyqvist has some wheels doesn't he? Kid can move and I can only imagine how good he is going to be when he finally joins the team. Imagine Nyqvist-Helm-Tatar

Posted by SYfanSD on 9/25/2011 at 8:12 PM

 
Todd Bertuzzi beats Blackhawk goalie Alexander Salak for a shootout goal

Todd Bertuzzi beats Blackhawk goalie Alexander Salak for a shootout goal
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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