Detroit at Nashville (12/12/09)

The Red Wings were on the road tonight playing the Predators in Nashville. Pekka Rinne was the goalie for the Predators and Osgood was in for the Wings.

The first period was pretty uneventful. Detroit drastically outshot the Predators and out chanced them. Both teams traded power plays, with two each. Even with all the chances though, neither team was able to score so the first period ended zero to zero.

Early in the second period Drew Miller passed up ice to Bertuzzi who entered the zone with speed. He brought the puck in, did a spin-o-rama and backhanded a shot that beat Rinne to give the Red Wings the lead one to nothing. It’s encouraging to Bertuzzi score a goal. If he gets hot that could really turn things around for the Red Wings. It’s definitely a morale boost to see him score like that.

Later in the period Helm took a stick in the face. It was a similar situation to the one where Brad May was hit in the face a few games back. It was a follow through on a shot so there was no penalty. That probably didn’t make it feel any better though. Helm is a tough kid and he wasn’t off the ice for long.

A bit past the halfway point of the second period Datsyuk brought the puck in to the zone and shot it. Rinne got a piece of it and it popped up, hit the crossbar and started to drop down. Drew Miller was right on the doorstep and he swatted it out of the air and into the net giving the Red Wings a two to nothing lead.

Later in the period the Predators were on the power play. Sullivan ripped one from the top of the circle. Either Jones or possibly Rafalski tipped it in front and it changed direction. There was no chance for Osgood to react that quickly.

By the end of the second period the Predators had turned things around. They were outshooting and out chancing the Red Wings.

The Predators tied the game early in the third. Legwand scored the goal. He got the puck up and over Osgood’s shoulder. Osgood had been scrambling just prior to the shot and wasn’t really set.

The score was still tied at the end of regulation so they headed to an overtime period.

Early in the OT Datsyuk stole the puck just as the Predators were entering the Red Wings zone. Bertuzzi was already heading up ice and Datsyuk hit him with a perfect pass. Bertuzzi took it to the net. He made a move that got Rinne down and then put it around him into the wide open net for the win. That was the second time in as many nights that Bertuzzi got the game winning goal in overtime.

Bertuzzi had another great game tonight. Hopefully, he’ll stay hot because it sure does help!

This 3-2 win brings us to:
16-11-5
37 points

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