Bertuzzi Lifts Red Wings Past Blackhawks in OT

Todd Bertuzzi scored with 39 seconds remaining in overtime on Saturday afternoon, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

It was Detroit's 14th consecutive home win, tying a franchise record.

Bertuzzi banged the rebound of a Valtteri Filppula chance past Chicago netminder Corey Crawford from the slot to give the Red Wings the win. It was his second goal of the afternoon.

Tomas Holmstrom had opened the game's scoring with 7:04 remaining in the first period, tipping an Ian White shot from the high slot past Crawford on a power play.

Bertuzzi's first of the game extended Detroit's lead with 3:50 left in the period, as he beat Crawford with a backhand shot on a breakaway.

The Red Wings outshot the Blackhawks 21-4 in the opening frame but only carried the 2-0 lead into intermission.

Chicago would halve that lead with 5:06 left in the second. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard went behind the net to play the puck but it took a funny bounce and deflected off the heel of his stick to the side of the net, where Andrew Shaw jumped on it and put it into the open net.

The Blackhawks dominated the third period in an effort to get even They took the first eleven shots of the period and outshot Detroit 16-5 but needed until the game's final minute to tie things up.

With 52 seconds left, former Red Wing Marian Hossa fired a shot from the blue line that deflected off of Wings' defenseman Niklas Lidstrom and Chicago forward Jonathan Toews to get past Howard, knotting the game at two.

The Red Wings seeminly flipped a switch in the overtime, outshooting Chicago 9-0 before Bertuzzi's game-winner.

Howard finished the afternoon with 25 saves on 27 shots against. Crawford made 40 stops on 43 shots.

Holmstrom's power play goal was the only goal scored with the man-advantage on Detroit's only chance with the extra attacker. The Blackhawks were scoreless on three power plays.

The Red Wings look to extend their home winning streak on Monday when they host the Buffalo Sabres.


Notes: Bertuzzi was a late addition to the Red Wings' lineup, having recovered from the injury that kept him out of Detroit's win over Phoenix on Thursday. Jam Mursak was a healthy scratch to make room for him. Injured defenseman Mike Commodore was the other Detroit scratch... The game was the 700th of head coach Mike Babcock's career.

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It's an afternoon game on national television for the Red Wings as they host the Chicago Blackhawks today, so given their recent history we should expect them to not get started on time and get outworked. Against a team like Chicago, that's not a recipe for success.

If Detroit manages to avoid the trend (they did, after all, have a very good afternoon game against the Boston Bruins in the Thanksgiving Showdown earlier this season), a win would tie their franchise record as the fourteenth consecutive home victory.

Todd Bertuzzi will be a game-time decision for the Red Wings. If he can't go, they're expected to ice the same lineup as they did on Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Mike Commodore will be out on defense and Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start in goal.

Game time is 12:30 PM. TV is NBC.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 10:03 AM

 

Bertuzzi in, Mursak out, according to the Wings' Twitter feed.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 12:28 PM

 

Had to turn the volume off on NBC and turn on WXYT on the net.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 12:43 PM

 

Deflectable shot from White, Homer gets his stick on it. Anyone missing Rafalski right now?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:02 PM

 

Holy hell, Jimmy's awake.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:04 PM

 

I had tweeted before the game that we needed Bertuzzi for the inevitable shootout. Breakaways work too.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:07 PM

 

Maybe the Wings' best overall period of the season. They've scored more goals in others but to hold Chicago to only four shots is something else.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:17 PM

 

Jimmy with a little bit of "I could do this all day." Not that I want him to have to.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:56 PM

 

Maybe Jimmy needs to stick to making stops and not playing the puck today, that's twice he's gotten a weird bounce.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:57 PM

 

Flukie play. Howard wants that one back.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 2:00 PM

 

Wings survive the second. Need to wake back up for the third.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 2:06 PM

 

OK. Interesting to see how the 3d will go...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 2:06 PM

 

seeing too many 2d and 3d period starts where the other team always has a jump on us... getting old...

we're getting owned right now...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 2:27 PM

 

Wings absolutely chasing their own tails. 'Hawks skating circles around them.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 2:28 PM

 

I had tweeted before the game that we needed Bertuzzi for the inevitable shootout. Breakaways work too.


Damn close you were.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 1/14/2012 at 3:04 PM

 

Bertuzzi was a goddamned beast in the 25 minutes the Wings actually played today.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 3:05 PM

 

Now that was a good old hockey game!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 3:11 PM

 
Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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