Whatever was ailing Red Wings forward Todd Berutzzi to start the season didn’t seem to have any effect Saturday night as the veteran exploded for two goals in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild from the Joe.
As the Wings remained scoreless in the first period thus far this season, Damien Brunner continued to impress opening the scoring for Detroit with a power play goal to give the Wings a 1-0 lead.
Shortly after Brunner’s tally, Bertuzzi got his first of the season to give the Wings a two goal lead.
However much like their game in Columbus earlier in the week, the Wings failed to hold onto their two goal lead as Minnesota tied the game by goals from Zach Parise (power play) and Tom Gilbert.
Almost six minutes later Henrik Zetterberg put the Wings back on top after a nice pass from Pavel Datsyuk. It would then be Datsyuk’s turn to light the lamp as Detroit’s two goal lead was restored on the power play.
Coming out of the second intermission the Red Wings’ big offensive night continued as Datsyuk was again displayed his world class passing ability feeding Bertuzzi for his second goal of the night igniting the JLA crowd into TODD BER-TUZ-ZI chants.
Zach Parise would eventually scored a very awkward goal by banking it off Zetterberg and into the net but that wouldn’t be enough as Detroit went on to the 5-3 win evening up their record at 2-2-0.
Jimmy Howard finished his night with 23 saves on 26 shots while Josh Harding made 22 saves on 27 shots. Detroit also got things going on the power play going 2/5 with Minnesota going 1/8.