Todd Bertuzzi's spin in shootout gives Detroit Red Wings 3-2 win
Ross D. Franklin, Associated Press
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Todd Bertuzzi scored in regulation, then spun in front of the net and made a spectacular backhand shot in a shootout and the Detroit Red Wings won their fifth in a row to take the NHL overall lead, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday night.
Three of the wins in Detroit's streak have come in shootouts, two of them over Phoenix by identical scores.
Ian White also scored for the 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.
Mike 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.
Phoenix lost center Daymond Langkow after he was hit in the face by a puck early in the first period.
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, coming off a 6-2 loss at Anaheim on Wednesday night, 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.
Detroit nearly tied it in the waning seconds of the first period Darren Helm's close-range shot careened off the left post. The Red Wings, with about as many fans as the Coyotes had in the crowd of 15,067, did square it at 1 on White's slap shot from the right circle 1:36 into the second period.
The Coyotes killed three penalties in the first period, two of them for too many men on the ice during line changes. Phoenix drew yet another penalty for too many men on the ice early in the third 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 overt.
Notes: 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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