Red Wings 2, Wild 1: Todd Bertuzzi Scores Shootout Winner In 1,000th Career Game

Todd Bertuzzi scored the shootout winner in his 1,000th career game as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Minnesota Wild. Martin Havlat scored his 500th career point in the loss.

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Red Wings Vs. Wild: Todd Bertuzzi Seals Game With Shootout Goal In 1,000th Game

It is a fitting way for Todd Bertuzzi to end his 1,000th career game than with a shootout goal over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday afternoon. In what has been a defensive struggle and a goaltender battle at times, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in a shootout. Pavel Datsyuk gets the official game winning goal as the first scorer in a 2-0 shootout, but Bertuzzi sealed the game with his second shootout goal. 

Nicklas Lidstrom started the scoring for the Detroit Red Wings at the 1:10 mark of the third period with a slapshot from just outside the slot through traffic to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. His goal was assisted by Jiri Hudler and Brad Stuart. The Wild tied the game up shortly after that with Martin Havlat's 500th career point on a breakaway goal. Brett Burns hit Havlat with an outlet pass and Havlat found the back of the net with it. 

Jimmy Howard gets the win with 25 saves on 26 shots while Niklas Backstrom makes 38 saves in the losing effort for the Minnesota Wild. 

For more information on this game, please visit our Red Wings site, Winging It In Motown, and our Wild site, Hockey Wilderness

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Red Wings Vs. Wild: Martin Havlat Answers Detroit Goal, Ties Game At 1-1

It's been a defensive struggle all afternoon, but with Nicklas Lidstrom trailing a play in the Minnesota Wild zone, his blast from the high slot beat Nicklas Backstrom to break a 0-0 tie.

Lidstrom's blast started the scoring, but just 3:40 later, Martin Havlat's 500th career point tied the game once again. After failed to steal the puck away from a Red Wing in the defensive zone, Havlat found himself alone in the neutral zone. When Brent Burns stripped the puck, he dished it off to Havlat, who had a clear break to the net.

He easily beat Jimmy Howard, who failed to drop to his knees on the shot. It's a tie game again, 1-1.

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Red Wings Vs. Wild: Teams Locked Into Defensive Battle Through Two Periods

Jimmy Howard and Niklas Backstrom could continue their shutouts throughout this entire game and no one would probably blink. The Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild are still scoreless through two periods of play in Minnesota. The Red Wings are outshooting the Wild 21-13 through two periods and outshot the Wild 8-5 in the second period. 

This game is featuring just a bunch of sound, defensive hockey with both teams seeing lower shot totals and both teams not throwing the body around as much either with a total of 23 hits in the game, Wild are outhitting 14-9. 

The story of this game thus far is the play of the two goaltenders. Jimmy Howard has made 13 saves thus far into the game and Niklas Backstrom has 21 saves. This game could very well come down to the first team scoring will win. When you play a defensive style of hockey, those types of games happen often. 

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Red Wings Vs. Wild: Wild And Wings Skate To Scoreless First Period

The Red Wings and Wild are scoreless through the first period at the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday afternoon. In what was a fairly uneventful period, the Wings and Wild have a total of two penalty minutes combined and 21 combined shots on goal, the Wings lead 13-8. Even the teams aren't hitting all that much with a total of 9 hits between the two teams. 

Jimmy Howard and Niklas Backstrom have kept their shutouts entact thus far with Howard making eight saves and Backstrom making 13 saves. Dan Cleary leads the Red Wings with three shots on goal while Eric Nystrom and Pierre-Marc Bouchard each has two shots on goal for the Minnesota Wild. The Red Wings are also leading in the faceoff department going 13 for 20 in the first period. 

Both teams are sound defensive teams and it could very well turn into a game where the first team scores will win the game. 

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Red Wings Vs. Wild: Minnesota Battles For Playoff Positioning Against Healthy Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings travel to Minnesota for the first ever NBC televised home game for the Minnesota Wild today at 12:30 p.m.

Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi will be skating in his 1,000th career game and is the fourth current Red Wing and 263rd NHLer to accomplish that feat. Bertuzzi's family will be on hand to witness the game and Bertuzzi had this to say about playing in his 1,000th game:

"I think that's pretty special, having them there," Bertuzzi said. "I'm pretty fortunate to be playing that many games. I've played on some good teams and with some good players, but I'm pretty proud and excited to be playing in a Detroit uniform."

Bertuzzi has had six goals in the last four games and has 14 goals and 38 points total on the season which is good for fifth in goals and sixth in points on the team. Jimmy Howard should be the starting goaltender for the Red Wings and is 1-0 on the season against the Wild. 

For the Minnesota Wild, Martin Havlat is one point away from achieving 500 career points, the 62nd player in this history of the NHL to accomplish that feat. Havlat has 17 career points in 21 career games against the Red Wings including an assist this year. 

The bigger news for the Wild is the loss of Mikko Koivu. Koivu left Friday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks with a hand injury and while it isn't known how long Koivu will be out of the lineup, any length of time for the Wild is bad. Koivu is tied for the team lead in points and has 15 goals on the season, good for second on the team. Wild center Matt Cullen knows that the team has to find a way to win without Koivu in the lineup:

"First of all, our thoughts are with Mikko, and we hope he'll be back soon," said Cullen, whose shorthanded goal Friday gave the Wild the lead for good. "But, as a team, we're at such a critical spot right now, and all these games are so big, we just have to find a way."

Cody Almond has been called up from the AHL Houston Aeros in relief and has no points in five games with the Wild this season. Game time is 12:30 pm and can be found on NBC in the midwest as part of their Hockey Day in America coverage.

For more information on this game, please visit our Red Wings site, Winging It In Motown, and our Wild site, Hockey Wilderness

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