Detroit at Phoenix

Red Wings top league with 63 points


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Todd Bertuzzi -- all bruising 6-foot-3, 229 pounds of him -- turned figure skater in front of the Phoenix net with a spinning move that would have earned him a "10" and provided the Detroit Red Wings with their fifth win in a row.

Bertuzzi, who scored in regulation, spun in front of goalie Mike Smith, then with a backhand tap, knocked the puck into the net to give Detroit a 3-2 victory Thursday.

Bertuzzi said he had been talking with teammate Danny Cleary before taking to the ice in the shootout. Cleary knew about the spin move.

"He told me it was probably time to break it out," Bertuzzi said.

The finesse move finished a smashmouth game, the third time in Detroit's winning streak that a contest has gone to a shootout. Two have been against Phoenix by identical scores.

"It was one of those gritty games where there was a lot of hitting," Bertuzzi said. "Chicago keeps winning and so does St. Louis. In order to stay in the race, you've got to win."

Ian White also scored for the NHL-leading Red Wings, and Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen each had a pair of assists.

Gilbert Brule scored his second goal in the five games since Phoenix claimed him off waivers from Edmonton. Raffi Torres scored the other goal for the Coyotes.

Kyle Chipchura had two assists for Phoenix, which was coming off a 6-2 loss at Anaheim on Wednesday night. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett praised his team's effort, especially since it had played the previous night and lost Daymond Langkow after he took a puck to the face in the opening minute of the game.

"The circumstances that our team was in, with Detroit sitting here waiting for us last night and us playing a hard game in Anaheim," Tippett said, "I thought our team group gave everything they had, they have gave everything and more."

Smith had 33 saves for Phoenix, the Red Wings' Jimmy Howard 31.

Bertuzzi was the only one to score in the shootout, connecting in the third round.

Detroit won despite going 0 for 5 on power plays.

"Nothing's going on," coach Mike Babcock said. "We're not getting quality chances. We're not wearing anybody out. Our power play wasn't good enough tonight. It hasn't been good enough in a long time and we've got to fix that."

Bertuzzi's slap shot from the left circle put the Red Wings up 2-1 with 8:47 left in the second period. Bertuzzi's 10th goal of the season left him one shy of 300 for his career. But Brule stepped in front of Nicklas Lidstrom to intercept a Detroit pass, flipped the puck to Chipchura, then got it back, made a shoulder fake as he sped down the ice for a breakaway goal and it was 2-2 with 4:46 left in the second.

Phoenix took the lead just 2:23 into the game on a wraparound goal by Torres, who slipped the puck just to the left of Howard.

The Red Wings, with about as many fans as the Coyotes had in the crowd of 15,067, squared it at 1 on White's slap shot from the right circle 1:36 into the second period.

With 3 minutes to go, Detroit's Valtteri Fippula's shot as he fell to the ice bounced off the left post, then Bertuzzi's rebound shot bounded off the right post.

Phoenix failed to score on a power play in the overtime after Datsyuk, who had lost his stick, was called for tripping. Smith's save denied Filpula in the final second of overtime.


  • Phoenix C Martin Hanzal returned after missing a dozen games with an assortment of injuries. His wife gave birth to a boy, Martin Jr., on Wednesday.
  • Lidstrom played in his 1,541st game, moving him into 11th on the NHL career list.
  • Phoenix opened a season-long six-game homestand.
  • Datsyuk has 38 assists.
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After scoring in regulation, Todd Bertuzzi also converts a shootout goal with a spinning move in front of the goalie. (AP)
After scoring in regulation, Todd Bertuzzi also converts a shootout goal with a spinning move in front of the goalie. (AP)
Detroit  (31-15-1) «02001 (1)3
Phoenix (21-19-8)11000 (0)2
Three Stars
J. Howard

Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .939
M. Smith

Saves: 33
Save Pct.: .943
G. Brule

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:23 - Raffi Torres (7), Wrap Shot. Assist: Chipchura, Summers
01:36 - Ian White (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Franzen, Datsyuk
11:13 - Todd Bertuzzi (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Franzen, Datsyuk
14:08 - Gilbert Brule (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Chipchura
  - Todd Bertuzzi (2), GOAL
Penalty Summary
04:01Torres, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
10:59Vrbata, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
13:28Stuart, 2 min, Slashing
16:32Torres, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
08:57Abdelkader, 2 min, Roughing
08:57Chipchura, 2 min, Roughing
11:54Brule, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Zetterberg, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Korpikoski, 2 min, Elbowing
04:33Torres, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
01:41Datsyuk, 2 min, Tripping
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NSH 3 Final
MIN 1 Final
NYI 4 Final
PIT 4 Final
BOS 4 Final
NJ 1
EDM 0 Final
BUF 1 Final
CGY 2 Final
LA 1
OTT 4 Final
SJ 1