Red Wings 3, Ducks 2, OT

Todd Bertuzzi gave the Detroit Red Wings a win they desperately


Bertuzzi tied it midway through the third period and scored a

power-play goal 1:07 into overtime to give Detroit a 3-2 comeback

victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

The struggling Red Wings, playing without Johan Franzen,

Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall and Dan Cleary

because of long-term injuries, are 15-11-5 and out of playoff

position in the Western Conference.

“We needed two points. All you’ve got to do is look at the

standings,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re trying to

do everything we can to hang in there.”

Bertuzzi beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere high on the short side from

the bottom of the right circle, as he skated from behind the net,

in overtime.

“I think it’s just being in the league for a while and knowing

goaltenders and playing with Giggy,” Bertuzzi said, “and knowing

he likes to hug the post. There’s not a lot of room up there but

just enough to squeak it in.”

Tomas Holmstrom also scored, and Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots

for Detroit.

Saku Koivu and Dan Sexton each had a goal and an assist for

Anaheim, and Giguere made 28 saves. The Ducks have lost nine

straight on the road. They also took 11 penalties on Friday


“We took way too many penalties the entire game,” Sexton said.

“Five-on-five we had them pretty good.”

Bertuzzi tied it at 2 at 9:36 of the third, banking a shot in

off Giguere’s skate from the right corner.

Holmstrom’s power-play goal 2:17 into the third put Detroit on

the board. He put in a one-time shot from the slot for his 12th

goal and broke the Red Wings’ 102:24 overall scoreless drought and

142:18 dry spell at Joe Louis Arena.

It came 36 seconds after Ahaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf took a hooking

penalty deep in the Red Wings’ zone.

“We had a 2-0 lead going into the third period and in the first

two minutes we take an offensive zone penalty 200 feet from our

net,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “And then take an

unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (by Nick Boynton at 4:46). … How

can you have a 2-0 lead with those kind of penalties? Just


Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in the second period.

Koivu opened the scoring at 8:05 of the middle period with his

fifth goal when he tipped in Sexton’s pass. Sexton’s goal came with

55 seconds left in the second when his harmless looking shot from

the right corner deflected in off Howard’s stick.

It was Sexton’s third goal.

NOTES: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday it was

unfortunate that Ducks owner Dr. Henry Samueli had to endure a

suspension after he pleaded guilty last year to lying to

investigators in a stock option backdating probe. A federal judge

in Santa Ana, Calif., vacated Samueli’s guilty plea earlier this

week after the judge found no evidence of wrongdoing. The

suspension, in place since June 2008, was lifted Nov. 12, before

Samueli’s plea was vacated. … Cleary missed his first game after

separating a shoulder Wednesday night against St. Louis. He is

expected to miss about a month. … The jumbotron scoreboard wasn’t

working for the first half of the first period. … Sexton has

three goals in his last two games, his second and third in the