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Bertuzzi scores twice again in Wings' win

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Bertuzzi scores twice again in Wings' win
Detroit Red Wings 3, Nashville Predators 2
The Detroit Red Wings' notched a pair of goals for the second straight game -- including the winner 24 seconds into overtime in a 3-2 victory against the Nashville Predators at the Sommet Center on Saturday night.

Bertuzzi forced a turnover by Nashville's David Legwand and beat goalie Pekka Rinne to the glove side on a breakaway 24 seconds into the extra session. On Friday night, Bertuzzi scored in regulation and overtime in Detroit's 3-2 win over Anaheim at Joe Louis Arena.

''He's such a big goaltender, I can't beat him coming down the wing like that. He's just too big,'' Bertuzzi said of Rinne. ''I was just trying to change the angle of attack and went for the backhand.''

Bertuzzi broke a scoreless tie with his first goal of the night at 1:21 of the second period, as he made a spin-o-rama move on Preds defenseman Ryan Suter before beating Rinne through the pads for his seventh goal of the season. Drew Miller increased Detroit's lead with his third goal at 11:37 before Nashville got on the board on a power-play goal by Ryan Jones at 14:44.

''Tonight, the pucks bounced a little my way,'' Jones said. ''I was fortunate to be out front and (Steve) Sullivan made a great shot, and it went off my stick.''

It was the first power-play goal allowed by the Red Wings in the last 27 opportunities. Nashville finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

''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,'' Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Legwand tied the game when he beat Chris Osgood (33 saves) 4:45 into the third period. The veteran forward caught the Red Wings on a line change and ripped a wrist shot past Osgood to make it 2-2. It was his sixth goal of the season.

Nashville lost forward Jordin Tootoo in the first period after he was hit by a shot from teammate Shea Weber. He did not return.

Material from wire services was used in this report.




scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:21
DET
Todd Bertuzzi (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Drew Miller (1), Chris Osgood (1)
1 - 0 DET
11:37
DET
Drew Miller (3) Tip-in - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (16)
2 - 0 DET
14:44
NSH
PPG - Ryan Jones (1) Tip-in - ASST: Steve Sullivan (13), Cody Franson (5)
2 - 1 DET
3rd Period
04:45
NSH
David Legwand (6) Wrist shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (15), Ryan Jones (1)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
00:24
DET
Todd Bertuzzi (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (17)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
02:58
NSH
Shea Weber  Cross checking against  Tomas Holmstrom
05:41
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking against  Ryan Jones
08:12
DET
Brad May  Interference against  Jordin Tootoo
15:13
NSH
Shea Weber  Tripping against  Ville Leino
2nd Period
13:01
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Slashing against  Patric Hornqvist
20:00
NSH
Shea Weber  Roughing against  Pavel Datsyuk
3rd Period
05:27
NSH
Martin Erat  Hooking against  Todd Bertuzzi
14:15
DET
Kirk Maltby  Interference against  Ryan Jones
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 35TOI: 60:15
Saves: 33EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .943SH: 2 - 2
Pekka Rinne
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0