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Breakdown: Blue Jackets-Wings

Dec. 26, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena

Saturday, 12.26.2009 / 9:51 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Blue Jackets-Wings

With the Wings looking to break the tie in the third period, forward Todd Bertuzzi was in the right place at the right time. The Wings were creating chances in the Columbus zone, so Bertuzzi headed to the left post, and stopped there. Brian Rafalski fired a shot that went wide of the goal, but hit the end boards and bounced right to Bertuzzi. The Wings' power forward gathered in the puck and fired it into the empty net, giving the Wings the lead, and eventually the win.

Bertuzzi was the hero Saturday night, scoring the game-winner, and the Wings first goal, as well. The man known as 'Bert' got the Wings on the board in the second period, when he took a pass from Pavel Datsyuk in behind the Columbus defense, and deked goaltender Mathieu Garon out of his pads. The goals were Bertuzzi's 11th and 12th of the season, and they were huge for the Wings.

Jimmy Howard continues to excel between the pipes for Detroit. Howard made 14 saves in the first period to keep the Wings in the game. Then he made five in the second, and nine in the third, to help them hold on to the one-goal lead. He's making the saves when it counts, and he's making it hard for coach Mike Babcock to take him out.

In the past two seasons, Bertuzzi has had 14 and 15 goals, respectively. In only 38 games this season, he's already at 12.

After the game, Bertuzzi talked about his team's struggles in the first period, and how they turned it around for the remaining 40 minutes. Here's what he had to say:

"I think we were pretty disappointed with our start. We didn't come out and do anything that we wanted to do, and that was pretty embarrassing, so it was nice that we turned it around and came out with a little more jump and fire, and just tried to get more shots."

Valtteri Filppula made his return to the line-up Saturday night, after missing time due to a wrist injury. Filppula had an early scoring chance, when he got a shot through Garon's legs, but missed the net. He had 17:42 worth of ice-time, recording three shots and two hits. He showed some signs of rust, but he was a boost to the Red Wings' forward units.

The Wings travel to Columbus for a quick rematch with the Blue Jackets on Monday. They return to the Joe for a New Year's Eve match-up against the Colorado Avalanche. For tickets, click here.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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