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Posted on: 12-12-2009

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>>caption:  BERTUZZI (#44) GETS


    Todd Bertuzzi scored the overtime
game-winner for a second time in as
many nights to give the Red Wings a
3-2 decision Saturday night at Nashville.
    Bertuzzi also scored a pair of goals
for a second consecutive evening which
doubled his season total.
    After a scoreless 1st-Per where Detroit
outshot their hosts 14-5, Bertuzzi (#7) put
Detroit up 1-0 at 1:21/2 with a nifty
spin-o-rama turnaround sweep from the lower edge of the left circle.
    The Wings made it 2-0 when Pavel Datsyuk intercepted a Nashville pass in the
neutral zone and skated in on Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Datsyuk's backhander
beat Rinne, banged off the top crossbar and was batted into the net out of mid-air by
Drew Miller (#3) at 11:37/2. Video review confirmed the initial ruling Miller's stick
was legally below the crossbar when he tipped the puck in.
    The Predators got one back on a Ryan Jones (#1) tip-in of a Steve Sullivan blast
at 14:44/2. The Nashville power play goal ended a string of 27 consecutive penalty
kills by Detroit.
    Although the Wings took a 2-1 middle period lead, the Predators kept Chris
Osgood busy in the Detroit nets with a 19-8 shots advantage.
    The Preds outshot the Wings in the 3rd-Per too, 11-6, and got the equalizer
on a quick wrister by Grosee Pte's David Legwand (#6) at 4:45/3. The Preds took
advantage of a bad Detroit line change where Bertuzzi was hit by the puck as he
was about to come over the boards. Instead of a halt in play for the puck entering
the bench, it remained alive for the counter-attacking Predators.
    It didn't take long for Bertuzzi to win it in OT for a second time in 25 hours.
Datsyuk intercepted another Preds pass, this time just inside the Detroit blueline,
and quickly moved the disc ahead to a charging Bertuzzi. The Detroit power forward
shook off a pair of Predators defenders during his solo rush by lowering his left
shoulder to protect the puck. Bertuzzi (#8) then calmly went to the backhander  
for the winner just 24-sec into the fourth period.
    Bertuzzi's goal was the only shot on goal during overtime. Nashville outshot
Detroit 35-29 over the 60-mins, 24-sec.      


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "I thought the penalty kill was outstanding, and
even that goal, who cares, let’s just move on, I just thought we did a really good job."

R-WINGS Rt-WING TODD BERTUZZI:   "[Rinne is] such a big goaltender, I can’t beat
him coming down the wing like that. He’s just too big. I was just trying to change
the angle of attack and went for the backhand [on his GWG]."

R-WINGS L-WING DREW MILLER:   "It’s definitely nice to have some personal success.
The biggest thing was us getting the two points, it’s nice to get one on the road like
this one."

PREDS L-WING RYAN JONES:   "Tonight, the pucks bounced a little my way...I was
fortunate to be out front and Sullivan made a great shot, and it went off my stick
[on his first goal of the season]."


    Two of Miller's three goals this season and three of his four career goals have
come against Nashville.
    Osgood snapped a 5-game winless streak (0-4-1) at Nashville and got his first
win this season since NOV 5TH.
    Preds DEF Shea Weber took three of Nashviklle's four minor penalties.
    N'ville Rt-Wing Jordin Tootoo was hit in the ankle by a Weber slapshot in the 1st-Per
and did not return.  
    The Red Wings open a two game homestand by hosting Phoenix Monday night at
The Joe.


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