Minnesota at Detroit

Bertuzzi's two goals lead Red Wings past Wild


DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings fans filled Joe Louis Arena fired up to boo Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.

When the game was over, the Red Wings gave their followers a reason to stand and cheer.

Henrik Zetterberg snapped a tie midway through the second period, and Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game early in the third to lift Detroit to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

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Suter was booed when he had the puck, and Parise was jeered after he scored his first goal. Both players have become unpopular in the Motor City because they turned down deals from Detroit to sign with Minnesota last summer.

"Of course, you heard them," Zetterberg said.

Detroit's new captain also heard a lot of sighs and groans early in the game from red-and-white clad fans when the Wild dominated play for much of the scoreless first period.

"They gave us what we deserved because we weren't playing well," Zetterberg said. "Fans are very engaged here, that's why this is a great place to play."

Detroit wanted to keep its depleted roster stacked with talent last July by making offers to Suter and Parise, the top two free agents, but both chose to play together in Minnesota with matching 13-year, $98-million contracts.

Parise, though, said the Red Wings were definitely one of the teams he was very interested in playing for this season.

"They're just a great organization. I have a lot of respect for them," Parise said. "They do things the right way. They play the game the right way. That was a tough one, because it's a really good place to play."

Pavel Datsyuk, who assisted on Zetterberg's goal, put Detroit ahead by two late in the second period. Datsyuk also set up Bertuzzi on his second goal that gave the Red Wings a 5-2 lead.

Parise's second goal of the game banked in off Zetterberg to pull the Wild within two midway through the third period.

Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for the Red Wings, who were outshot 11-6 in the first.

"Howard was good early when we struggled with the puck," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said

Minnesota's Josh Harding gave up four goals on 17 shots in the first two periods and finished with 22 saves.

"You're looking at the goals, which one could you fault him on?" Wild coach Mike Yeo asked. "There are times the puck goes in the net and there's nothing you can do."

The Red Wings scored two power-play goals in the second period after failing the first 17 times they had an advantage over their first three-plus games this season. Detroit's special teams breakthrough leaves the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings as the NHL's only team without a goal on the power play in the lockout-delayed season that started last weekend.

Red Wings rookie Damien Brunner took advantage of extra space on a power play, racing up the right side of the ice to score off an assist from Zetterberg, his Swiss league teammate during the lockout, for the game's first goal 13 seconds into the second period.

"That's why they signed him, to shoot the puck like that," Bertuzzi said.

Bertuzzi redirected the puck past Harding 42 seconds later to give Detroit a 2-0 lead. He made his season debut after missing the first three games because of the flu. Bertuzzi was originally diagnosed with mononucleosis, an ailment he said would have prevented him from playing for at least a month.

The rugged forward, who will turn 38 next week, made the most of his opportunity to play with Datsyuk. Babcock separated him from Zetterberg for the first time this season.

"I'm very lucky at this age to be playing with a world-class player like that," Bertuzzi said.

Detroit's second-period cushion didn't last long.

Parise scored off an assist from Suter, who got his first point with the Wild, at 2:49 of the second during a 5-on-3 power play. Tom Gilbert made it 2-all 6:29 into the period.

Zetterberg's first goal of the season gave the Red Wings the lead back, and Datsyuk restored their two-goal advantage.

The two stars will have to carry a rebuilding team this season that is trying to compete without seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and net-front specialist Tomas Holmstrom, both of whom retired. Voids were also created when defenseman Brad Stuart was traded to San Jose, a team he would have likely signed with if he wasn't dealt. Forward Jiri Hudler left to sign with Calgary.

"That's still an elite team, especially when you give them space with the puck," Harding said. "They've got a lot of guys who can score when they get a chance."


  • The Red Wings took Darren Helm (back) and Jakub Kindl (groin) off the injured list, and put Mikael Samuelsson (groin) on it.
  • Wild D Jonas Brodin, the 10th pick two years ago, made his NHL debut and assisted on Gilbert's goal.
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Todd Bertuzzi scores a goal in the second and third periods to help lead the Red Wings over the Wild.  (Getty Images)
Todd Bertuzzi scores a goal in the second and third periods to help lead the Red Wings over the Wild. (Getty Images)
Minnesota (2-2-0)0213
Detroit  (2-2-0) «0415
Three Stars
P. Datsyuk

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
T. Bertuzzi

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Z. Parise

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
13.0Power Play - Damien Brunner (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Zetterberg, Kronwall
55.0 - Todd Bertuzzi (1), Tip-In. Assist: Filppula, Smith
02:49Power Play - Zach Parise (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Suter, Koivu
06:29 - Tom Gilbert (1), Wrap Shot. Assist: Granlund, Brodin
12:56 - Henrik Zetterberg (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Datsyuk, Filppula
17:24Power Play - Pavel Datsyuk (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kronwall, Franzen
04:18 - Todd Bertuzzi (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Datsyuk, Filppula
10:18 - Zach Parise (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Gilbert, Koivu
Penalty Summary
03:28Lashoff, 2 min, Tripping
07:31Datsyuk, 2 min, Hooking
10:06Clutterbuck, 2 min, Hooking
10:36Stoner, 2 min, Hooking
13:16Cleary, 2 min, Interference
19:07Gilbert, 2 min, Cross Check
01:04Helm, 2 min, Interference
01:25Kronwall, 2 min, Hooking
04:27Kindl, 2 min, Interference
10:39Kronwall, 2 min, Hooking
16:58Koivu, 2 min, Hooking
18:11Brodin, 2 min, Holding
08:47Abdelkader, 5 min, Fighting
08:47Falk, 5 min, Fighting
11:58Cleary, 2 min, Holding
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Car 3 Final
Buf 1
NYI 2 Final
Bos 4
Wash 2 Final
NJ 3
Ott 4 Final
TB 6
Pitt 2 Final
Wpg 4
Van 5 Final
Ana 0