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.