Tyler Bertuzzi bags game winner for Red Wings at Columbus

Tyler Bertuzzi

23-year-old scores with 3:24 remaining as Detroit wins 2nd straight game after horrid 1-7-2 start

BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor


COLUMBUS (CCN) — Don't blame the young Detroit Red WIngs for doing lots of celebrating after a 5-3 victory Tuesday night in Columbus over the Blue Jackets. A two-game winning streak isn't usually something to celebrate except that the Wings only had a 1-7-2 record before winning 4-2 Sunday night on home ice against the Dallas Stars in their previous start. 


Tyler Bertuzzi scored the game winner after the Blue Jackets rallied with three straight third period goals to tie it at 3-3. Dylan Larkin added an empty net goal to ice it with 43 seconds remaining. 


Bertuzzi scored the big goal off Blue Jackets' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky's stick with 3:24 left and Larkin had high praise for the 23-year-old Bertuzzi who had scored only 7 goals in 55 NHL games during the past two seasons but is tied for No. 3 on the team in scoring so far after 12 games with 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points. 


"Give (Bertuzzi) credit — he banged in a greasy one," Larkin said. "It's what we've got to do."

Larkin, Detroit's top scorer after 12 games with 12 points and top goal scorer with 6, scored an earlier goal Tuesday night for the Red Wings, too. They got their others from Anthony Mantha and Michael Rasmussen. 


It was the first career goal for 19-year-old Rasmussen who was playing in his 10th NHL game.


Jimmy Howard sparkled in goal for Detroit with 34 saves but had a rough stretch early in the final period as Columbus erased a 3-0 deficit.


The Blue Jackets, who had won two in a row with Bobrovsky between the pipes, pulled their nine-year veteran after the Red Wings went ahead 3-0 with all of them coming during a 13 1/2 minute stretch. Joonas Korpisalo came on to shut down the Wings with a 23-save performance thereafter until Bertuzzi's big goal. 


The two-game winning streak also lifted the Red Wings out of last place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. They went one point ahead of the Florida Panthers when they lost 3-2 in New Jersey to the Devils.


Coach Jeff  Blashill was pleased with his team's effort, telling the media after the game: "I thought after they scored, I thought we answered and played good hockey, though, and that's a real, real important thing. You're going to have stuff like this happen to you, you got to be able to answer, and I thought we answered well." 


Detroit has Wednesday off, then hosts the Devils on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The game will be televised at 7:30 pm on Fox Sports Detroit TV and the radio broadcast will be on 97.1 FM The Ticket.


RED WINGS NOTEBOOK:  

  • Forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Frans Nielsen did not play in Columbus because of undisclosed injuries suffered in the win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
  • Rasmussen's celebration after getting his first NHL goal was short-lived. He was injured later in the first period and did not return after leaving the game.
  • Former Blue Jacket Thomas Vanek  got his 400th NHL assist on Rasmussen's goal. 
  • Vanek was making his first return to Columbus since signing a free agent contract on July 1 with the Red Wings. He had 15 points in 19 games for the Blue Jackets last season.
  • Only 14,288 fans turned out in Columbus where the Blue Jackets are currently ranked 27th in NHL attendance with an average of  14,555. Columbus was 21st last season with an average of  16,659 fans per game.  

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PHOTO CAPTION: 23-year-old Tyler Bertuzzi is all smiles after Tuesday's game-winning goal in Columbus