Bertuzzi Scores in Shootout to Carry Red Wings Past Coyotes

Todd Bertuzzi scored the only goal of the shootout Thursday night, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

The victory put the Red Wings back into first place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of both the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bertuzzi's shootout goal came on the backhand on a spin-o-rama move at the edge of the crease.

Phoenix netminder Mike Smith stopped Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler on Detroit's first two stops. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stopped Shane Doan and Radim Vrbata while Gilbert Brule lost the puck on his chance.

Bertuzzi had given the Red Wings their only lead of the game with 8:47 left in the second period. Johan Franzen sent the puck from behind the net to Bertuzzi at the bottom of the left circle, where he fired a rocket of a shot past Phoenix netminder Mike Smith to put Detroit up 2-1.

Brule tied things back up just 2:55 later when he carried the puck into the Detroit zone on a three-on-two and drove to the net, putting a shot between Howard's pads.

Raffi Torres opened the game's scoring only 2:23 into the game, beating Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a wraparound chance.

Ian White's shot from top of the right circle made it 1-1 at 1:36 of the second period. It was the Red Wings' 30th goal of the season from a defenseman.

Howard finished the night with 31 saves on 33 shots against. Smith made 33 stops on 35 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker to Phoenix's two, the second of which was in overtime.

The Red Wings' next game is Saturday evening when they host the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets.

Notes: Mike Commodore and Jan Mursak were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

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The Red Wings visit the Phoenix Coyotes for the third Thursday-night matchup between the teams this season.

Not much to say before this one. Cory Emmerton and Jakub Kindl will swap back into the Detroit lineup, with Jan Mursak and Mike Commodore coming out. Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal.

Game time is 9:00 PM, so I should be around for this one after my soccer game. FSD has the TV.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2012 at 6:21 PM


Phoenix has been on a roll when it comes to games at home outscoring opponents 11-2 so this one will be interesting.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2012 at 8:56 PM


"Great hold in by Lidstrom". I love it!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2012 at 9:42 PM


Is there a magnet in the puck?

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2012 at 9:43 PM


Lidstrom was fantastic on that shift. Need to get pucks to the net though. Not a bad period but not good either. Plenty of time to turn it around.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2012 at 9:52 PM


Ian White!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2012 at 10:05 PM


Wings with all the puck control early in the second and it pays off.

Hell of a shot, too.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2012 at 10:05 PM


Lots of blocked shots this evening.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2012 at 10:06 PM


Hell of a shot. Holy Christ.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2012 at 10:24 PM


And they come back...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2012 at 10:36 PM


What was that besides a crap call?

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2012 at 10:39 PM


Franzen to the room. Not good at all.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2012 at 11:12 PM


Mule back already. We'll see what happens overnight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2012 at 11:16 PM


Kinda have a bad feeling...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2012 at 11:27 PM


That was a good save. Too bad.

Even cooler Bertuzzi goal. Alright!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 1/19/2012 at 11:42 PM


Bert owns the shootout. What a move.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2012 at 11:46 PM

Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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