With under a minute to go, the Wings started creating problems for the Ducks' defense. They managed to draw a hooking penalty on Nick Boynton with 13 seconds remaining in regulation, and headed into overtime with the man advantage. There, Todd Bertuzzi
took a pass from Brad Stuart
behind the goal line, and caught goaltender J.S. Giguere by surprise. Bertuzzi roofed the puck over Giguere's shoulder for the game-winning goal, giving the Red Wings a hard-earned 3-2 win.
Bertuzzi was the hero in the win, but not just because of the game-winner. He also tied the game up, when he banked in a shot off Giguere's feet. They were Bertuzzi's fifth and sixth goals of the season, and they came at the perfect time. On the night, the Wings' forward had 15:35 worth of ice time, and was plus-one with two shots on goal.
Brian Rafalski showed off his toughness Friday night. The Wings' defenseman took a puck to the face in the first period, and was helped off the ice. But after a few stitches, Rafalski returned, and made his presence known. In one of his first shifts back, Rafalski got his stick on a wraparound try by Dan Sexton, keeping the game tied. Rafalski played 21:58 even after missing time, and he recorded three shots.
Even though the Wings completed the comeback, they were 2-of-10 on their power-play opportunities.
After the game, Bertuzzi talked about what went through his head before his game-winning goal. Here's what he had to say:
"I just -- maybe from knowing Giggy a little bit he likes to hug the post -- so i knew there were going to be some area up top open. There wasn't much to shoot at, and I'm fortunate it got it up there and got in."
broke the game open for the Wings, when he fired in his 12th goal of the season two minutes into the third period. It changed the momentum for the Wings, and they never looked back. They outshot the Ducks 9-4 in the third period.
The Wings travel to Music City for a Saturday evening contest against the Nashville Predators. The game can be seen on FS Plus
beginning at 8 p.m. EST.