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10th: "Backdoor Bubba" scores OT winner vs. Detroit

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
December 29, 2001


Andrew “Bubba” Berenzweig’s finest hour in the National Hockey League came on Dec. 29, 2001 – the Predators’ fourth season – when he capped the team’s late comeback over the rival Detroit Red Wings with one of the most memorable overtime winners in franchise history.  Berenzweig notched two assists and the game-winner to lead the Predators to their first win over the Red Wings in more than a year.

"We hadn't beaten them yet this year," Berenzweig said.  "It was big for the team and, of course, big for me.  It feels really good since it was Detroit and I went to the University of Michigan for four years."

The come-from-behind win was mounted in the final five minutes of regulation with Nashville trailing 2-0. Vitali Yachmenev tallied at 15:40 before Vladimir Orszagh tied the game while on the power play, with goalie Mike Dunham pulled, with just 65 ticks left in regulation. Berenzweig finished the comeback with his first NHL game-winner 2:20 into OT.

"I saw my forwards battling for it along the boards.  I kind of stayed out by the blue line at first," Berenzweig said.  "When I saw Orszagh was going to get the puck, I started to creep in.  I saw their player was going to step over and play Orzy.  I just kept sneaking back door and he made a great pass to me."
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