Bertuzzi Scores Twice in Return, Wings Down Wild 5-3

Todd Bertuzzi returned from the flu for his first game of the season Friday night, scoring twice in leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild.

All five Detroit goals came from the Red Wings' top two lines after those units had only scored twice in the previous three games.

After a scoreless first period, Damien Brunner got Detroit on the board just 13 seconds into the middle frame. With the Red Wings on a carry-over power play, Brunner took a pass on the right wing from Henrik Zetterberg at the Minnesota blue line and raced to the right faceoff dot, snapping a shot over Wild netminder Josh Harding's shoulder into the far top corner of the net.

Bertuzzi's first of the night made it 2-0 just 42 seconds later when Valtteri Filppula's backhanded bouncing chance from the slot deflected off Bertuzzi's leg and past Harding.

Zach Parise cut Detroit's lead to a goal with the Wild on a two-man advantage at 2:49. The rebound of a Mikko Koivu shot came out to Ryan Suter in the high slot. Suter sent it down to Parise in the right faceoff circle for a shot over the still-sprawling Jimmy Howard.

At 6:29 of the period, Minnesota's Tom Gilbert tied things back up, snapping a shot from the high slot through a screen and past Howard just as a power play expired.

Zetterberg put the Wings back up with 7:05 left in the second. Datsyuk fed Zetterberg with a long backhand pass to the left faceoff circle. Zetterberg outwaited Harding, dropping almost to the goal line before putting a shot towards the net. The puck went past Harding's glove, off the post, off a retreating Mikael Granlund, and into the net to make it 3-2.

With 2:36 remaining, Datsyuk restored the two-goal lead, snapping a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle through a Johan Franzen screen and past Harding on a Detroit power play.

Datsyuk fed Bertuzzi for the Red Wings' final goal at 4:18 of the third period, sending a saucer pass from the left circle over two defenders and onto Bertuzzi's stick in the right circle to bang off of Harding and into the net.

Parise's second of the game closed out the scoring with 9:42 remaining when his attempted pass from behind the net deflected off of Zetterberg at the post and in behind Howard.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 26 shots against while Harding made 22 saves on 27 shots.

The Red Wings scored twice on five power play tries. Minnesota had one goal on eight power play attempts.

The Wings are next in action on Sunday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.


Notes: Bertuzzi, Darren Helm and Jakub Kindl all returned from various injuries to make their first appearances of the season... Kindl replaced Ian White on the blue line after he suffered a deep cut abobe his knee against Dallas on Tuesday... Patrick Eaves was a healthy scratch up front... Aside from White, the Red Wings were also missing Jan Mursak, Mikael Samuelsson, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jonathan Ericsson, and Jonas Gustavsson to injury... Thomas McCollum backed up Howard in place of Gustavsson.

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Following two days off after a home opener loss to the Dallas Stars, the Red Wings are back at it tonight hosting the Minnesota Wild.


Returning from injury for the Wings are Todd Bertuzzi, Darren Helm and Jakub Kindl. Patrick Eaves will be a healthy scratch to make room for the returning forwards, as Gustav Nyquist has already been returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Ian White's injury in the Dallas game makes room for Kindl.


Per the Red Wings' Bill Roose, the lines will be as follows...


Brunner - Zetterberg - Franzen


Bertuzzi - Filppula - Datsyuk


Abdelkader - Helm - Cleary


Miller - Emmerton - Tootoo


Kronwall - Lashoff


Quincey - Smith


Huskins - Kindl


Howard


This will be the first visit of the season for the Wild and free-agent additions Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Depending on who you believe, either the Wings were right in it until the end in vying for their services last summer or never had a chance because they had decided to go to Minnesota together.


Game time is 7:30 on FSD+.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 4:21 PM

 

Why DirecTV not showing the game on fsn +...?

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 1/25/2013 at 7:48 PM

 

This could be a long night. Two pretty quick penalties.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 7:50 PM

 

24 seconds later they turned it on.. woohoo

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 1/25/2013 at 7:51 PM

 
Why DirecTV not showing the game on fsn +...?

Apparently it was broken, should be back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 7:51 PM

 
Nice block by Huskins there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 7:54 PM

 
Huge opportunity early with the long five-on-three coming. Bet they lose the opening draw.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 7:58 PM

 
Mickey saw that one-timer attempt coming and so did the Wild. Telegraphed the whole way.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 8:00 PM

 
How do you have no shots in 90 seconds of two man advantage?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 8:01 PM

 

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Posted by SYfanSD on 1/25/2013 at 8:02 PM

 

Because they can't shoot the puck! This reminds me of the 2002 season when fans were yelling "shoot the puck!"

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/25/2013 at 8:03 PM

 

They have to win tonight. With the shortened season you can't afford to fall behind more than six point otherwise, your screwed.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/25/2013 at 8:04 PM

 

This is the first game I've been able to catch. I thought it was hard when Stevie Y left... Watching a game without number 5 and 96 really sucks!!! It really feels like a major part is missing... So weird...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/25/2013 at 8:07 PM

 
Well, that could have been much worse. PK looking good tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 8:17 PM

 

Agreed.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/25/2013 at 8:34 PM

 

Damn I love Switzerland. Hell of a shot by Brunner.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 8:36 PM

 

Weird-ass second goal. Bert working out in front of the net already.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 8:38 PM

 

Downer time: Bad feeling about this PK.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 8:39 PM

 
So that's how you move the puck on a two-man advantage.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 8:42 PM

 

That was pretty stupid, Kindl.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 8:44 PM

 

Zetterberg from no angle, off the Wild defender, in. Right after killing a penalty. Damn, that's nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 9:03 PM

 

Okay, the power play is fixed?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 9:12 PM

 
Cleary's hurt? Wouldn't be a Wings game without an injury.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 9:13 PM

 
Abdelkader on the power play scares me a little.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 9:15 PM

 

Six-goal period is a little nuts but given how offense-starved the Wings have been, I'll take it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 9:19 PM

 
My god, this team doesn't look anything like the one from the first three games.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 9:50 PM

 
Not much of a fight, but Abs with the takedown

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/25/2013 at 9:52 PM

 
Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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