St. Louis at Detroit

Tyler Bertuzzi scores late goal, Red Wings beat Blues 4-3


DETROIT (AP) Tyler Bertuzzi doesn't mind going into areas where there will be more physical play, like in front of the net, the corners and behind the net. That was a good thing for the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Bertuzzi broke a tie with 6:53 to go with his second goal of the game and Detroit held on to beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 after blowing a 3-0 lead.

And his heroics came on Tyler Bertuzzi bobblehead night.

Bertuzzi put in a loose puck from just outside the crease for his eighth goal of the season. His first goal, which came with 8:56 left in the second period and gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead, also came from in front of the net as Bertuzzi knocked a rebound out of the air and in with the lower part of the shaft of his stick.

''I love him as a player. He competes,'' Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said about Bertuzzi, the nephew of former NHL player Todd Bertuzzi, who also played for the Red Wings.

Tyler Bertuzzi said he's has not changed as a player.

''As you go up in leagues it's harder to maybe toe drag or dangle,'' he said. ''So I've adapted to just play hard and go to the net that's where a lot of goals are created.''

Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist, Andreas Athanasiou also scored, defenseman Mike Green had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 33 saves to help Detroit snap a three-game losing streak.

David Perron scored twice for St. Louis, Vladimir Tarasenko added a goal and Jake Allen stopped 27 shots. The Blues have lost five of their last six.

''They have a lot of speed and they really took it to us in the first half of the game,'' Allen said. ''We didn't flip the switch until it was already 3-0.

Perron tied it at 3 at 8:04 of the third with his eighth goal.

The Red Wings led 3-2 after a five-goal second period.

Detroit scored three times in 6:42 to take a 3-0 lead in the middle period. Vanek made it 1-0 4:22 into the period with his third goal, and Athanasiou followed at 7:17 with his 11th goal. Bertuzzi made it 3-0 with 8:56 left in the second with his first goal of the game.

But St. Louis scored two power-play goals in 1:39 to pull to within one. Perron put the Blues on the board with 6:23 left in the second period with his first of the game, and Tarasenko made it 3-2 with 4:44 remaining in the period.

NOTES: Detroit defenseman Trevor Daley left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. .. St. Louis LW Alexander Steen returned after missing six games with an upper-body injury. ... Detroit D Jonathan Eriksson returned after missing 11 games with an undisclosed injury. ... The Red Wings dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen.


Blues: At Colorado on Friday night.

Red Wings: At Boston on Saturday night.


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St. Louis (8-12-3)0213
Detroit  (11-11-3) «0314
Three Stars
T. Bertuzzi

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Perron

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
T. Vanek

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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04:22 - Thomas Vanek (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nyquist, De La Rose
07:17 - Andreas Athanasiou (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Green, Vanek
11:04 - Tyler Bertuzzi (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Glendening, Green
13:37Power Play - David Perron (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Pietrangelo
15:16Power Play - Vladimir Tarasenko (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: O'Reilly, Dunn
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13:07 - Tyler Bertuzzi (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rasmussen
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