Bertuzzi lifts Red Wings past Blues

Sunday, November 29, 2009

ST. LOUIS -- Todd Bertuzzi beat Chris Mason high with a backhander in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and St. Louis' Andy McDonald also scored in the tiebreaker, both in the first round.

Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist, Tomas Holmstrom and Kris Draper added goals and Jimmy Howard made 32 saves to help Detroit snap a three-game losing streak.

Holmstrom's power-play goal at 2:35 of the third period ended Detroit's scoreless streak at 175:57.

David Backes had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, and Roman Polak and Brad Boyes also scored. David Perron had two assists, and Mason stopped 33 shots.

After Detroit overcame a 2-0 deficit to tie it in the third, the Blues regained the lead when Boyes knocked in Perron's centering feed 8:32 into the final period.

However, Zetterberg tied it with 56.7 seconds left. His backhander from the behind the goal caromed off Blues defenseman Barret Jackman and past Mason.

Backes gave the Blues a 1-0 lead 13:24 into the first period. Perron's shot from the slot caromed off Backes in front past Howard.

Polak put the Blues up 2-0 when he took Backes' pass and fired a shot through heavy traffic high into the right side of the net at 17:22 of the first period.

Howard closed his pads on a breakaway attempt by McDonald just 5:12 into the game or it could have been a larger lead for the Blues.

Holmstrom cut the Blues' lead in half at 2-1 when he scored Detroit's first power-play goal in 15 chances by redirecting in Zetterberg's pass from the right circle.

Notes

The Red Wings' scoreless streak was their longest drought since March 24-29, 1977, when they went 197:58 without a goal.

* Blues D Eric Brewer (lower-body injury) missed his second consecutive game.

* Datsyuk has 56 points in 46 career games against the Blues.

* The Blues are 10-0-1 this season when scoring three or more goals.

* After going without a goal in 16 games, Backes has scored in three straight.

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