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Bertuzzi leads Wings to 4-3 win in Florida

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Bertuzzi leads Wings to 4-3 win in Florida
Detroit Red Wings 4, Florida Panthers 3
Todd Bertuzzi isn't the offensive threat he was in his younger years, when he was among the NHL's most dangerous scorers.

That doesn't mean he can't hit the back of the net when he gets the chance.

Bertuzzi had two goals, including the tiebreaker with 7:32 remaining, to lift the Detroit Red Wings to their fourth consecutive victory, 4-3 at Florida on Friday night.

Bertuzzi, now a 15-year veteran at age 36, has three two-goal games during the winning streak and 14 goals for the season

"I'm still capable of scoring," said Bertuzzi, a five-time 25-goal scorer. "A lot of it has to do with who I'm playing with. We've got pretty good chemistry."

Bertuzzi scored his game-winner with 7:32 remaining in regulation when his one-timer off a pass from Johan Franzen caught the far post and went into the net post.

"That was a great play in the neutral zone and I had a good opportunity to get a shot off," Bertuzzi said. "And I was fortunate it went in."

Pavel Datsyuk and Dan Cleary also scored for the Red Wings, who matched their longest winning streak of the season. Zetterberg had a pair of assists, giving him eight in his last five games.

Joey MacDonald, making his first start in goal since Feb. 3, stopped 29 shots for Detroit -- including a game-saving glove save on Stephen Weiss' slap shot with 27.8 seconds left.

Ten minutes earlier, Weiss had beaten MacDonald with a one-timer from the high slot to tie the game at 3-3.

"He went the same spot and I was lucky enough to get the glove on it," MacDonald said.

Weiss had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who have lost seven of eight at home. Radek Dvorak and Dennis Wideman had Florida's other goals. Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves.

Datsyuk also had an assist, giving him 5 goals and 4 assists in six games since returning from a broken wrist. The Red Wings have scored 20 goals in their last four games after getting just four in their previous four games.

"Everyone's a little bit calmer," Bertuzzi said. "Everyone's going out there and doing it. Be happy and enjoying playing out there. I think we're really concentrating on playing really solid defense and when we do that we end up scoring a lot, too."

As was the case in Thursday's 6-2 win at Tampa Bay, this game drew a sellout crowd -- but many of the 19,947 at the BankAtlantic Center were wearing red and white. Late in the second period, a fan threw an octopus onto the ice, forcing the referees to stop play. Another octopus was thrown as the final seconds ticked off in the third period.

"That was a big one," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock joked about the first incident. "I was glad they throw it when we had a good play going. I think the guys we're covering their faces so they wouldn't laugh. I just didn't want anyone to get hurt."

Detroit led 3-1 in the final minute of the second period before Florida rallied to get even.

Wideman scored a power-play goal with 16.9 seconds left in the period after Weiss cleanly won the faceoff back to the point. Wideman skated toward the middle of the ice before firing a slap shot that beat MacDonald through traffic. Weiss tied it at 9:36 of the third with his one-timer from the high slot.

"They're a good team, we gave them a couple of chances early and they stuck them in the net," Florida coach Pete DeBoer said. "You know what you're dealing with. I credit our guys for coming back and battling for 60 minutes. We needed a save or a goal at the end, but we didn't get one."

Datsyuk gave Detroit a 3-1 lead at 3:29 of the middle period when he intercepted a pass in the Florida zone, skated in alone on Vokoun, faked a deke and lifted a shot over the goaltender's glove.

Bertuzzi's first goal came just 1:21 into the game when he tipped in Zetterberg's backhand pass from the side of the net. Cleary made it 2-0 at 6:29 before Florida cut into the lead when Dvorak's seemingly harmless wrist shot from a sharp angle at 16:53 of the first trickled through MacDonald's legs.

"You can't get down and give them those opportunities," Florida defenseman Bryan Allen said. "They're going to hurt you. You've got to give guys credit for coming back and giving a good effort, but at the same time it's frustrating that we're not getting the results and the wins and more points. Tough one."

Material from wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
01:21
DET
Todd Bertuzzi (13) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (47), Brian Rafalski (33)
1 - 0 DET
06:29
DET
Daniel Cleary (19) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (31), Jiri Hudler (20)
2 - 0 DET
16:53
FLA
Radek Dvorak (7) ASST: Mike Weaver (9), Marty Reasoner (14)
2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
03:29
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (17) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 DET
19:43
FLA
PPG - Dennis Wideman (9) ASST: Stephen Weiss (23)
3 - 2 DET
3rd Period
09:36
FLA
Stephen Weiss (16) ASST: David Booth (14), Jack Skille (11)
3 - 3 Tie
12:28
DET
Todd Bertuzzi (14) ASST: Johan Franzen (18), Henrik Zetterberg (48)
4 - 3 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
01:45
FLA
Bryan McCabe  Tripping against  Darren Helm
09:37
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Tripping against  Marty Reasoner
12:04
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Holding against  Radek Dvorak
2nd Period
11:09
FLA
Bryan Allen  Kneeing against  Darren Helm
19:38
DET
Ruslan Salei  Slashing against  Jack Skille
3rd Period
06:25
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Hi-sticking against  Mike Weaver
17:25
FLA
Cory Stillman  Tripping against  Henrik Zetterberg
goalie stats
Joey MacDonald
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .906SH: 2 - 2
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 30TOI: 58:53
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1