Red Wings 3, Predators 2, OT
Todd Bertuzzi scored in regulation and overtime for the second
straight night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the
Nashville Predators 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 home win over Anaheim.
After a scoreless first period, Bertuzzi scored the game’s first
goal at 1:21 of the second period. Driving down the left side with
Predators defenseman Ryan Suter covering him, Bertuzzi pulled up in
the left circle into a spin-o-rama move to his backhand that he
slipped between Rinne’s pads.
Drew Miller doubled the Detroit lead at 11:37 of the second.
Pavel Datsyuk’s shot from the left side hit the crossbar, but
Miller was posted in front and knocked the puck out of the air and
into the goal. A brief video review confirmed the call that Miller
did not deflect the puck with a high stick.
Nashville halved Detroit’s lead just over 3 minutes later on
Ryan Jones’ power-play goal. Jones redirected Steve Sullivan’s slap
shot from the left circle past Chris Osgood for his first of the
season. Prior to Jones’ goal, Detroit had successfully killed 27
consecutive power plays.
Legwand drew the Predators even at 2 at 4:45 of the third period
when the Detroit native took advantage of a bad Detroit line change
and lifted a wrist shot high to the short side.
NOTES: After being struck with a slap shot from teammate Shea
Weber in the first period, Nashville RW Jordin Tootoo left the game
and did not return. The team said he sustained a lower-body injury.
… Two of Miller’s three goals on the season have come against