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Bertuzzi scores twice as Detroit downs Edmonton

Jan 5, 2011 - 6:09 AM
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Todd Bertuzzi notched a pair of goals, including the go-ahead score late in regulation, as Detroit downed Edmonton, 5-3, at Rexall Place.

Darren Helm posted a goal and one helper, while Kris Draper and Henrik Zetterberg also lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who opened up a five-game road trip by snapping a two-game losing skid.

"It's not fun when you go 15 games without a goal, but you just keep battling and try to be better in different areas and keep working it," said Bertuzzi.

Chris Osgood was solid for the win, stopping 22-of-25 shots.

Gilbert Brule, Theo Peckham and Sam Gagner tallied for the Oilers, who have lost a season-high seven straight games.

Nikolai Khabibulin was dented for all five goals on 37 shots for the loss.

"When a team like Detroit comes in here, it's tough," said Oilers coach Tom Renney. "I'd rather have a tough night when we're going after it and stepping on the accelerator than playing with trepidation -- we can't do that."

Detroit took a 4-3 advantage with 2:50 left in the third period as Bertuzzi slung the puck from the left side near the goal line, where it changed direction off an Oiler's skate and veered into the net.

It was a two-goal edge for the visitors just 44 seconds later when Helm swooped down the left wing, moved around a fallen Edmonton defender and scored with a rising wrister.

Zetterberg's power play goal -- a one-timer from between the circles at 3:43 of the opening period -- got the Wings off to a good start.

Brule equalized for the home team at 11:38 with a backhand shovel shot after one-timing a pass from Liam Reddox.

Bertuzzi's slick wraparound backhander from the left post at 6:40 of the second period gave the Wings another one-goal edge. Draper then beat a diving Khabibulin on a backhand thanks to a lead pass from Helm for a 3-1 game at 10:43.

On a delayed Detroit penalty, the Oilers crept within a goal less than five minutes into the third as Peckham converted a Gagner pass in front.

Gagner then managed to slip a shot between Osgood's pads with 8:29 left in regulation for a 3-3 deadlock.

Game Notes

Bertuzzi snapped a 16-game goal drought dating back to December 4 and posted his first multi-goal effort since December 26, 2009 against Columbus...Detroit has won all three meetings with Edmonton this year and eight of 11 since the start of the 2008-09 season...The Wings have won four of their last six trips to Rexall.