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.

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.

Red Wings Rout Wild, 6-0

Valteri Filppula got the Red Wings on the board early and they never let up, as Detroit cruised to a 6-0 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

The goal was the first of a pair for Filppula, who – along with Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall – led the team in scoring with three points.

Just 35 seconds into the game, Zetterberg put a shot on Minnesota goalie Josh Harding from the top of the left circle. Harding made the initial stop but the rebound came right out to Filppula as he drove to the net, shifting over to his backhand to put the puck past Harding.

Rookie defenseman Brendan Smith, playing in his fifth game of the season and his first at Joe Louis Arena, scored his first career goal with 3:54 left in the opening period to make it 2-0. Danny Cleary stole the puck along the right wing boards and Todd Bertuzzi sent it back to him from the right corner to the near faceoff circle. Justin Abdelkader attempted to corral the rebound of Cleary’s shot at the edge of the crease, kicking the puck up to his stick but whiffing on the shot. Before Abdelkader could get another swat at it, Smith jumped in and batted it past Harding.

Another broken play gave the Red Wings their third goal. At 7:05 of the second, Darren Helm gained the Minnesota zone and cut to the high slot before attempting to pass the puck off. His pass deflected off a skate and came right back to him for a shot through a screen and past Harding.

Filppula’s second made it 4-0 with 3:25 left in the middle period. After 1:14 of Red Wings’ puck control in the Minnesota zone, Zetterberg tried to send a pass from behind the goal out front. The puck deflected out to Filppula in the slot to send back past Harding.

Just 1:07 later, Ian White‘s shot from the top of the right circle skipped off the ice and bounced over Harding’s shoulder to make it 5-0.

Zetterberg rounded out the scoring at 5:30 of the third period. When Harding and the Minnesota defense shifted to cover Filppula in the left circle, Zetterberg was left wide open at the top of the left circle to take a pass and slap the puck into the open net.

The Wild had appeared to get on the board late in the third period but it was rules that Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard was pushed into the net on the play.

Former Plymouth Whaler Matt Hackett replaced Harding after the sixth goal and went on to stop all six shots he faced. Harding made 23 saves on 29 shots while Howard made 19 saves in earning the shutout.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with Detroit having five tries with the extra attacker to Minnesota’s two.

The Red Wings will look to make it a three-game winning streak when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Detroit lost forward Todd Bertuzzi to a lower-body injury in the second period… The Red Wings played without Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Patrick Eaves (concussion), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) and Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle).

Red Wings’ Skid Reaches Five with OT Loss to Wild

The Detroit Red Wings lost their fifth consecutive game Tuesday night, a 2-1 overtime decision to the Minnesota Wild.

Forward Devin Setoguchi won the game for the Wild with a power play goal 1:33 into the extra frame. Mikko Koivu fought off Niklas Kronwall for the puck along the right wing boards, then cut into the slot for a shot on Jimmy Howard. Howard turned it aside but Setoguchi was there to put home the rebound.

Koivu had gotten the Wild on the board with just one minute remaining in regulation when he tipped a Justin Falk shot past Howard with the Minnesota net empty.

Detroit’s lone goal came in the first period. Just as a power play expired, Nicklas Lidstrom deflected a Henrik Zetterberg shot past Josh Harding to make it 1-0.

Setoguchi’s goal was the lone power play goal in a game that saw Minnesota have the man-advantage eight times to Detroit’s three.

Harding stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced on the night. Howard made 25 saves on 27 shots, including several on a Wild five-on-three in the third period.

Detroit looks to snap their slump once again on Thursday when they host the Calgary Flames.

The game was the first of a six-game homestand for Detroit… Rookie Gustav Nyquist made his NHL debut, playing on the second line in place of Jiri Hudler… Hudler and Cory Emmerton were healthy scratches on offense while Mike Commodore was scratched on defense.

Red Wings Blanked by Wild, Drop Fourth Straight

The Detroit Red Wings lost their fourth consecutive game Saturday night, a 1-0 shutout by the Minnesota Wild.

Goaltender Josh Harding stopped all 36 shots Detroit threw at him to earn the win, with the one goal that Jimmy Howard allowed on twenty shots being all the Wild needed.

Dany Heatley scored the game’s only goal midway through the opening period, snapping a shot past Howard on a two-on-one..

The Red Wings look to snap their slump on Tuesday when they host the Wild in the back end of this home-and-home series.

Red Wings Rally for 3-2 OT Win over Wild

Johan Franzen scored a power play goal with 49 seconds remaining in overtime Saturday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in a game which the Wild led 2-0 in the final minute of the second period.

Franzen’s goal came with the Red Wings overloading the front of the Minnesota net. Ian White threw a shot on goal and Tomas Holmstrom gathered up the loose puck, sending a backhand pass between the legs to Franzen, who poked it home as he himself was cross-checked into the net.

White had gotten the Red Wings on the board with 48 seconds remaining in the second period. With the puck loose in the slot, White charged out of the left faceoff circle to get to it and snap a shot past Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding.

Jiri Hudler tipped a Jakub Kindl shot from the point past Harding at 3:46 of the third to tie things up.

The Wild scored the game’s first goal with 12 seconds remaining in the first period. Guillaume Latendresse sent a pass from behind the Detroit net that made it through traffic to Zanon at the blue line for a one-timer past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Only 16 seconds into the second, Cal Clutterbuck was left alone in the slot and took a pass from behind the net by Colton Gillies, snapping a shot past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 12 saves on only 14 Minnesota shots. Harding stopped 38 of Detroit’s 41 shots.

Franzen’s goal was the first Detroit power play goal of the season, on their third try with the extra attacker of the night. The Wild had one power play attempt and did not score.

The Red Wings are now off until Friday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Patrick Eaves was back in the Detroit lineup, with Drew Miller rotated out as a healthy scratch… Mike Commodore did not play, remaining on short-term injured reserve while recovering from a knee injury… Brendan Smith served the third game of his five-game suspension.

Postgame Thoughts: Red Wings @ Wild

I got back just in time to see the game-winner. Caught the rest on the radio.

First off, I’ve gotta say, the Minnesota radio guys are really good. Nice kind of conversational flow, came across like Ken Kal and Paul Woods but without Kal’s squeaking.

Since I didn’t see any of it (until the end), I’ll just comment on the feel of the game.

It sounded like the Wings got caught on the two Minnesota goals but otherwise pretty much controlled the game. Shots being 41-14 is just unreal. Almost hate to see Josh Harding come back from a year off due to injury and still lose after a great game like that.

All three Wings goals were the second goal of the season for the scorers, breaking a streak that saw the first ten goals of the season scored by ten different players.

I’ll try to catch a replay but overall, it’s great to see the Wings stick with it and rally. It’s the first time they’ve trailed this season and it’s good to know they’ve got the mental toughness to come back when they have to.

Red Wings Bounce Back After Loss, Defeat Wild 5-1

The Detroit Red Wings – unhappy with having given up a third-period lead in a loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night – played a solid sixty minutes of hockey to pick up a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Detroit limited Minnesota to 22 shots. After they came out of the first period with a 3-1 lead they clamped down defensively, holding the Wild to four shots in the second and five in the third.

Johan Franzen opened the game’s scoring 2:25 into the opening period with a blast from the top of the left faceoff circle. Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding got a piece of the puck with his right arm but it fluttered over him and into the net.

Tomas Holmstrom scored a power play goal at 9:19 to make it 2-0. Holmstrom fired a shot from just inside the right point. The puck deflected off of defenseman Nick Shultz and got past Harding.

Just 56 seconds later, Henrik Zetterberg extended Detroit’s lead to three when Patrick Eaves worked the puck from behind the net to Zetterberg at the top of the crease for a shap shot over Harding.

The Wild got on the board with 11 seconds left in the period when Andrew Ebbett threw the puck to the front of the net and it deflected off of Brad Stuart and in past goalie Jimmy Howard.

Drew Miller restored the three goal lead for the Red Wings with 7:02 left in the middle frame. He stole the puck at the left point on a Minnesota power play and fed Valtteri Filppula on the rush. Harding cut off Filppula’s angle but Filppula threw the puck on goal as Miller followed up, crashing the net. The puck bounced off Miller’s midsection and fell in past Harding.

Franzen wrapped up the game’s scoring with 5:17 left in the game, snapping a quick shot between the legs of defenseman Jaime Sifers and past Harding.

Harding finished the night with 25 saves on 30 Detroit chances. Howard made 21 saves on Minnesota’s 22 shots.

The Red Wings went 1-for-6 with the extra attacker while the Wild were scoreless on five tries with one shorthanded goal against.

Red Wings Suvive Wild Comeback, Win in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings survived a late two-goal comeback by Minnesota and the longest shootout in team history Thursday night, earning a 4-3 win over the Wild.

Drew Miller won the game for Detroit in the eighth round of the shootout, snapping a shot over Niklas Backstrom‘s shoulder.

Miller had scored what seemed to be an insurance goal at 9:03 of the third period, deflecting a Derek Meech shot from the blue line past Backstrom to give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.

Minnesota battled back with a pair of goals one minute apart.

With 6:12 remaining in regulation, Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard got his toe on a Kyle Brodziak chance from in front. The puck then deflected off of Martin Havlat‘s skate and trickled into the net.

The game was tied when Andrew Brunette gloved the puck out of mid-air, dropped it to his stick, and swatted it past Howard from the slot with 5:12 left.

All three of Minnesota’s goals came on fortunate bounces, as they got on the board with 7:26 left in the second when a Shane Hnidy shot went high, deflected off the glass behind the goal, then floated back out in front before hitting the chest of Robert Earl and dropping into the net.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring at 7:52 of the first when Todd Bertuzzi beat Wild goaltender Josh Harding.

Harding left the game with a lower body injury after the first period and Backstrom allowed his first goal against at 2:28 of the third when Patrick Eaves banged in a rebound chance after Darren Helm drove the net.

Howard finished the night with 27 saves on 30 Minnesota shots, stopping six of eight shootout attempts. Harding stopped ten of the 11 first-period shots he faced while Backstrom made 16 stops on 18 shots and went five-for-eight in the shootout.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had three chances with the extra attacker and Minnesota had one.

Osgood Returns to Lead Red Wings Past Wild

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood made his first appearance in net since a December 15 loss in Colorado, stopping 33 shots and two shootout attempts to lead the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Osgood had been struggling before a groin injury kept him out for over two weeks, posting a 3.19 goals-against average and a .876 save percentage in sharp contrast to his 12-2-4 record.

“I want to win, that’s all,” Osgood said. “It’s a fresh start to the year, a new chance to have a real good second half, and that’s what matters most to me. The most important thing for me is I feel real good for the first time all year, so that’s good.”

Pavel Datsyuk scored a highlight-reel goal in the shootout, faking out Wild netminder Josh Harding before putting the puck into the top of the net. Combined with Osgood’s stops on Krys Kolanos and Mikko Koivu and a missed chance by Brent Burns it gave the Red Wings the win.

Detroit scored first with 3:43 remaining in the opening period. Henrik Zetterberg took the puck behind the net during a Detroit line change and four Wild players followed him, leaving Mikael Samuelsson wide open as he jumped off the bench and into the play for a one-timer into the back of the net.

The Red Wings carried that lead into the third period but lost it quickly as the Wild scored twice in the first minute of the final frame.

Just 35 seconds into the period, Owen Nolan put a backhander past Osgood from in front of the net, scoring on the rebound of a Brent Burns chance from the blue line just after a five-on-three for Minnesota expired.

Sixteen seconds later, Antii Miettinen capitalized on a turn over by Niklas Kronwall and snapped a shot past Osgood to put the Wild in front.

Detroit tied the game on a disputed power play goal with 4:37 remaining. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot off the glass behind the goal and as it bounced back out front, Johan Franzen swatted it out of the air and into the net. Initially ruled to have been played with a high stick, video replay overturned the call and made it a goal.

The Red Wings will be back on the ice on Tuesday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Harding stopped 35 of 37 shots against and made a save on Henrik Zetterberg in the shootout… Brett Lebda was a healthy scratch in favor of Derek Meech, who got his first playing time on defense since November 11… The Red Wings’ first power play of the game came with 8:12 remaining in the third period.

Red Wings’ Comeback Not Enough in Loss to Wild

The Detroit Red Wings came back from trailing by two goals to take a late lead Thursday night but couldn’t put away the Minnesota Wild, falling 6-5 in a shootout.

Brian Rolston scored on a slap shot from the slot and Marian Gaborik faked out goalie Chris Osgood in the shootout, giving the Wild the win when only Jiri Hudler could score for Detroit.

With just 49 seconds left in regulation, Eric Belanger tied the game for Minnesota. At the side of the net, Belanger gloved the puck out of the air and threw it onto his stick to put a shot in behind Osgood.

The Red Wings had taken the lead 19 seconds earlier when Dan Cleary backhanded the rebound of a Jiri Hudler shot from the blue line past Josh Harding.

The teams traded early goals just 1:03 apart, with Martin Skoula and Henrik Zetterberg scoring. Late-period goals by Marian Gaborik and Todd Fedoruk just 15 seconds apart put the Wild up by a pair before Valtteri Filppula pulled the Wings back to within a goal with 28 seconds left in the period.

Matt Foy gave Minnesota another two-goal lead at 3:00 of the second period.

A shorthanded goal by Dallas Drake cut the lead again at 7:32 and Niklas Kronwall tied the game 1:06 later, chasing starting goalie Niklas Backstrom from the Wild crease.

The Red Wings finished the night with 46 shots on goal, 15 of 19 stopped by Backstrom and 26 of 27 stopped by Harding. Osgood made 23 saves on 28 Minnesota shots.

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