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>>caption: BERTUZZI (second from
right) CELEBRATES WITH HIS MATES<<
@ JOE LOUIS ARENA:
Todd Bertuzzi tied the game midway
through the 3rd-Per and also scored the
overtime game winner as the Red Wings
edged Anaheim 3-2 Friday night.
Held scoreless for 102:24 overall and for an even worse 142:18 at The Joe, the
Wings overcame a 2-0 defecit with a pair of 3rd-Per markers.
It was good a special teams night for Detroit. The Red Wing penalty killers held
the enemy scoreless for an eighth straight game. Meantime, the Wings took advantage
of 10 Ducks penalties by scoring twice with the man advantage and getting their
middle goal just 6-sec after an Anaheim penalty expired.
Anaheim had a possible goal disallowed in the 1st-Per, but went ahead with two
2nd-Per scores. Saku Koivu (#5) got between the circles to tip a soft Dan Sexton
pass past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard at 8:05/2. Sexton (#3) then scored on a
seemingly harmless wrister from the deep right wing at with 55.6-sec left in the
middle frame when the puck banked into the net off Howard's skate.
Tomas Holmstrom (#12) had some rare room to work when he was left alone
between the circles for a snapshot that put Detroit on the board at 2:17/3. The
power play goal came on a feed from Ville Leino, who got back into action due to
all the Detroit injuries after being a healthy scratch the past two games.
Bertuzzi (#5) tied it 2-all by scoring from behind the end red line at 9:36/3.
Scooping from the right corner, Berrtuzzi slipped the puck underneath Ducks goaler
J.S. Giguere and in off Giguere's right skate.
Rewarded for his solid play, Bertuzzi got power play time in overtime in a carryover
4-on-3 with Anaheim's Nick Boynton in the box for hooking with 14-sec left in regulation.
Bertuzzi (#6) took a pass from Brad Stuart at the right corner of the net and calmly
flicked the disc through the small space over Giguere's left shoulder and the crossbar
for the GWG at 1:07/4.
Detroit outshot Anaheim 31-27.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "We needed two points. All you've got to do is
look at the standings. We're trying to do everything we can to hang in there...I
thought we had a really good third period and obviously it’s big for Bert. We need
Bert to be important on this team. I think this gives him a lot of confidence, makes
him feel good."
R-WINGS Rt-WING TODD BERTUZZI: "It’s obviously a lucky bounce [on the tying
goal], but right now we don’t care how lucky it is...I think [on his GWG] it's just
being in the league for a while and knowing goaltenders and playing with Giggy,
and knowing he likes to hug the post. There's not a lot of room up there but just
enough to squeak it in."
DUCKS Rt-WING DAN SEXTON: "We took way too many penalties the entire game.
Five-on-five we had them pretty good."
DUCKS H-COACH RANDY CARLYLE: "We had a 2-0 lead going into the third period
and in the first two minutes we take an offensive zone penalty 200 feet from our net.
And then take an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty...How can you have a 2-0 lead
with those kind of penalties? Just self-destructed."
The Red Wings announced Rt-Wing Dan Cleary has joined the long Detroit injury
list. Tied for third in scoring on the team with 16-pts, Cleary will be out about a
month with a separated shoulder suffered from a hard check by Blues DEF Barrett
Jackman in Wednesday's home game vs St. Louis.
Detroit has won both games vs Anaheim this season with two more to play in the
Howard started for the 12th time in Detroit's last 16 games.
Of Holmstrom's team-leading dozen goals, seven are on the power play.
Henrik Zetterberg assisted on both of Bertuzzi's goals, giving him eight points
in his last seven games.
Anaheim has lost six of its last seven.
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