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Tyler Bertuzzi’s 2 points not enough as Detroit Red Wings fall to Washington, 4-2

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Tyler Bertuzzi had a big night for The Detroit Red Wings scored a goal and assisted on the road against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, but goaltender Ville Husso turned down a powerplay goal with 4:27 left in the Wings’ 4-2 loss at the Capital One Arena “.

Bertuzzi opened the Wings’ scoring with a power play at 8:09 in the first period, which he closed after rebounding on assists from Michael Rasmussen and Philip Zadina, but the Caps equalized shortly before the first break with a score from Connor McMichael.

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The Bertuzzi/Rasmussen connection became smoother a third of the way into the second period. With 12 minutes left, Rasmussen took the puck out of the Wings zone and gave it to Bertuzzi on the line. As they entered the Caps area, Bertuzzi shot Rasmussen down the center with a pass, while the big forward landed a right hand from the edge of the left circle, over the glove of keeper Darcy Kemper and under the crossbar.

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But about six minutes later, former Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen equalized. Both teams even played most of the third before Connor Brown’s winning goal at 17:33 of the frame. Alex Ovechkin, who assisted the Caps on the first goal, scored from an empty net with 54 seconds left.

Acquired in the off-season in a trade with the St. Louis Blues and signed a three-year extension, Husso played the entire game for the Wings, saving 31 of 34 shots, including 25 or 27 at equal strength.

A pair of Red Wings prospects didn’t have quite as much of an evening, with defenseman Simon Edvinsson finishing with a minus-2 rating in 18:36 of playing time, and 6-foot-8 forward Elmer Soderblom also having a minus-2 rating in 13 minutes. :20 ice time. Striker Jonathan Berggren scored minus 1 in 16:39 of playing time and did not record a shot.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso (35) saves Washington Capitals right winger Connor Brown (28) in the first period at the Capital One Arena.
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso (35) saves Washington Capitals right winger Connor Brown (28) in the first period at the Capital One Arena.

The Red Wings have two more exhibition games, both against the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the Leafs visiting Little Caesars Arena on Friday and the Wings visiting Toronto on Saturday night. The Wings will then open their 2022–23 regular season against the Montreal Canadiens at the LCA on October 14.

This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Tyler Bertuzzi’s 2 points aren’t enough as the Detroit Red Wings are down, 4-2



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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