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The Breakdown: Red Wings Let Win Slip Away in Anaheim

Bertuzzi turnover in overtime leads to fourth straight loss

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Tyler Bertuzzi's overtime turnover cost the Red Wings a 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim.

For the Detroit Red Wings, the NHL season is quickly going from bad to worse to not this again.

Tuesday in Anaheim, Detroit was just 47 seconds away from fashioning a 2-1 victory over the Ducks. The Red Wings couldn’t clear the zone and John Klingberg’s screen shot provided the tying goal.

Then with 50 seconds left in the overtime period, Ryan Strome capitalized on a Tyler Bertuzzi turnover to net the winner in a 3-2 Anaheim victory.

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It was only the ninth win in the past 40 games for the Ducks, but it extended Detroit’s winless skid to four games (0-2-2). Closing out games is proving to be a problem for the Red Wings. During this four-game skid, they’ve been outscored 9-3 in the third period, overtime and shootout.

It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Wings. In their seven victories, they’ve allowed seven goals. During their nine losses, they’ve surrendered 46 goals against.

New Beginnings And Early Returns For Red Wings

Bertuzzi was returning exactly one month to the day since he suffered a broken hand while blocking a shot in the second game of the regular season at New Jersey. However, it was his ill-advised backhand pass through the slot that created the game winner for Anaheim. Intercepting the pass, Trevor Zegras fed Strome for the winning tally.

Bertuzzi wasn’t the only returnee for Detroit. Defenseman Jake Walman (shoulder surgery) also saw his first game action of the 2022-23 NHL season. He and Jordan Oesterle were forming the third defense pairing for the Red Wings.

Playing his third NHL game, forward Jonatan Berggren opened the scoring for the Red Wings on a Detroit power play at 7:12 of the first period. It was Berggren’s first NHL goal.

A Filip Hronek shot hit Ducks defenseman Colton White in the face in front of the Anaheim net, bouncing directly to Berggren. He quickly shot the puck into the net behind Anaheim goalie John Gibson.

“Just pure happiness,” Berggren told Bally Sports. “It was nice to finally get the puck in the net. And it was nice that it didn’t take too long.”

Facts And Observations

  1. Michael Rasmussen was the scorer of Detroit’s other goal. It was his first tally in 13 games
  2. The outcome marked the 16th time in 17 games that a Red Wings vs Ducks tilt was determined by an outcome of two goals or less
  3. Detroit goalie Ville Husso lost to the Ducks for the first time in his NHL career (4-0-1). He’s 1-0-1 against Anaheim as a Red Wing
  4. David Perron counted an assist on Rasmussen’s goal. He’s dished out three assists over the past two games. Perron has points in each of Detroit’s past four road games
  5. Bertuzzi played 18:39 in his return to the lineup. Among Detroit forwards, only captain Dylan Larkin (23:32) logged more ice time
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MICHAEL C ZACK

Shorten the bench for crunch time.

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