Bertuzzi has proven that he deserves a long-term contract extension, according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com. We completely agree with this assertion, as Bertuzzi was voted in as a first-time NHL All-Star this season, not to mention him establishing a new career in points with 21 goals and 27 assists through 71 games. Bertuzzi's biggest surge took place on the power play, with the hard-nosed winger accumulating three goals and 11 helpers in that key special teams situation. It'll be interesting to see the monetary value on Bert's next deal; he banked $1.4 million AAV on his first standard contract with the Wings.
Bertuzzi scored a goal on four shots and piled up 12 PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Carolina. Bertuzzi deflected an Anthony Mantha point shot for his 21st goal of the season, pulling the Red Wings even at 1-1 in the latter stages of the first period. It was Bertuzzi's third consecutive contest with a goal, right on the heels of a 13-game dry spell, and it gave him a career-high 48 points in 71 games.
Bertuzzi scored a goal and added three assists, one on the power play, in Sunday's 5-4 shootout win over the Lightning. The Wings' top line was the story of the afternoon -- Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha accounted for all but one of the team's points. Bertuzzi hadn't had a multi-point performance since Jan. 20, but Sunday's eruption pushed him up to 47 points (20 goals, 27 helpers) on the campaign, tying last season's career-best output in three fewer games.
Bertuzzi opened the scoring for the Red Wings in their 2-1 win over the Blackhawks on Friday. Bertuzzi perfectly anticipated a pass from Dylan Larkin directly in front of the doorstep and managed to beat Corey Crawford early in the second frame. Detroit's All-Star representative from this season has 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) through 69 games. It had been exactly a month since he last bulged twine.
Bertuzzi (undisclosed) is available for Saturday's game versus the Senators, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports. Bertuzzi was considered questionable after missing Friday's practice, but coach Jeff Blashill said he's ready to go, although the lineup won't be revealed until warmups commence at 6:30 p.m. ET. The 24-year-old Bertuzzi has accrued 41 points -- 13 on the power play -- through 66 games, and he'll draw into the top six.
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