Red Wings 3, Predators 2, OT
Different night, different city, same hero.
Todd Bertuzzi scored in regulation and overtime for the second
straight night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over
Nashville on Saturday night.
Bertuzzi forced a turnover by Nashville’s David Legwand, split
defenders Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Klein, then 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.
“No. 1, we did turn the puck right over inside the blue line,
but your support has to come from your offside ‘D,”’ Nashville
coach Barry Trotz said. “(Hamhuis) went for a skate, they pushed
the puck up the middle, and Klein tried to get back, but that
wasn’t really his man.”
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.
“He’s such a big goaltender, I can’t beat him coming down the
wing like that. He’s just too big,” Bertuzzi said of the 6-foot-5
Finn. “I was just trying to change the angle of attack and went
for the backhand.”
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.
“It’s definitely nice to have some personal success,” Miller
said. “The biggest thing was us getting the two points, it’s nice
to get one on the road like this one.”
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
“Tonight, the pucks bounced a little my way,” Jones said. “I
was fortunate to be out front and Sullivan made a great shot, and
it went off my stick.”
Prior to Jones’ goal, Detroit had successfully killed 27
consecutive power plays. The Red Wings allowed just the one
power-play goal against in Nashville’s four opportunities.
“I thought the penalty kill was outstanding, and even that
goal, who cares, let’s just move on, I just thought we did a really
good job,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
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.
Osgood made 33 saves en route to his first victory since Nov.
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 and three of his four
career goals have come against Nashville.