NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Different night, different city, same hero.
Todd Bertuzzi scored in regulation and overtime for the second straight night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over Nashville on Saturday night.
Bertuzzi forced a turnover by Nashville's David Legwand, split defenders Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Klein, then beat goalie Pekka Rinne to the glove side on a breakaway 24 seconds into the extra session. On Friday night, Bertuzzi scored in regulation and overtime in Detroit's 3-2 home win over Anaheim.
"No. 1, we did turn the puck right over inside the blue line, but your support has to come from your offside 'D,"' Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "(Hamhuis) went for a skate, they pushed the puck up the middle, and Klein tried to get back, but that wasn't really his man."
After a scoreless first period, Bertuzzi scored the game's first goal at 1:21 of the second period. Driving down the left side with Predators defenseman Ryan Suter covering him, Bertuzzi pulled up in the left circle into a spin-o-rama move to his backhand that he slipped between Rinne's pads.
"He's such a big goaltender, I can't beat him coming down the wing like that. He's just too big," Bertuzzi said of the 6-foot-5 Finn. "I was just trying to change the angle of attack and went for the backhand."
Drew Miller doubled the Detroit lead at 11:37 of the second.
Pavel Datsyuk's shot from the left side hit the crossbar, but Miller was posted in front and knocked the puck out of the air and into the goal. A brief video review confirmed the call that Miller did not deflect the puck with a high stick.
"It's definitely nice to have some personal success," Miller said. "The biggest thing was us getting the two points, it's nice to get one on the road like this one."
Nashville halved Detroit's lead just over 3 minutes later on Ryan Jones' power-play goal. Jones redirected Steve Sullivan's slap shot from the left circle past Chris Osgood for his first of the season.
"Tonight, the pucks bounced a little my way," Jones said. "I was fortunate to be out front and Sullivan made a great shot, and it went off my stick."
Prior to Jones' goal, Detroit had successfully killed 27 consecutive power plays. The Red Wings allowed just the one power-play goal against in Nashville's four opportunities.
"I thought the penalty kill was outstanding, and even that goal, who cares, let's just move on, I just thought we did a really good job," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
Legwand drew the Predators even at 2 at 4:45 of the third period when the Detroit native took advantage of a bad Detroit line change and lifted a wrist shot high to the short side.
Osgood made 33 saves en route to his first victory since Nov. 5.
NOTES: After being struck with a slap shot from teammate Shea Weber in the first period, Nashville RW Jordin Tootoo left the game and did not return. The team said he sustained a lower-body injury. ... Two of Miller's three goals on the season and three of his four career goals have come against Nashville.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On Nashville’s struggles with Todd Bertuzzi…
He really protects pucks well, and, for a man that size, he’s got fantastic hands. With the number of people out, he’s just elevated his game.
On the play of Ryan Jones…
Jones was one of our best guys out there. He was really on the puck; he went hard; he went to the net; he got a goal. There are a lot of good things to say about Jones. It was a really good game for him. I thought we started out slowly, and he was one of the few guys going pretty well.
On generating energy tonight…
We had trouble getting going for the first 30 minutes. They were winning a lot more of the puck battles than we were early. They had urgency.
We ended up looking at our net a lot. Pekka was good early. We started getting our game together in the second period. We fought back. I thought we were fine the rest of the game, but obviously not in overtime.
Defenseman Ryan Suter
On coming back from a 2-0 deficit…
To come back from being down 2-0 against Detroit is a tough task and we came back and tied it up. Obviously you don’t want to lose like that but it happens and we just have to learn from it and move on.
On Detroit slowing down early in the game…
I think they backed off and let us come to them. We play them so much I guess they know our style; we’ll make some adjustments and learn from it and move on.
On gaining momentum after scoring the first goal…
It was a good play. Jones put a good screen on them, had a good tip and we built off of it. It wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but we got a point.
Forward Ryan Jones
On drawing the penalty late in the third period…
I was just going to the net and their defense tried to play me and take out my feet and I thought that we had the momentum going towards us. With five-and-a-half minutes left, I think it was going our way. I had a feeling we were going to put it in, but it just didn’t turn that way.
On feeling good out on the ice…
Since I was recalled, I feel like I’ve been bringing a lot of energy even though it wasn’t showing up on the score sheet. Tonight, the pucks bounced a little bit my way. I was fortunate to be out front and Sullivan made a great shot and it went off my stick.
On still being happy with a point…
Well you take the negatives and positives out of every game. We were down two goals to a very good Detroit team. We fought our way back. We got a goal on the power play, which is important.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne
On getting a point…
Even though it’s Detroit, I know people always say that even a point against Detroit is good, but I think everybody was feeling that we could win the game and it was a little disappointing.
On the game-winning goal scored by Todd Bertuzzi…
It was kind-of hard. Klein was on his back and I guess he’s just a strong guy. I thought that there was no way that he could go back to his backhand, but somehow he pulled that off and made a nice goal.