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

Detroit Free Press

Tyler Bertuzzi had a big night for the Detroit Red Wings on the road against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, with a goal and an assist, but goalie Ville Husso surrendered a power-play goal with 4:27 remaining in the Wings’ 4-2 loss at Capital One Arena.

Bertuzzi opened the scoring for the Wings with a power-play tally 8:09 into the first period, which he put in off the rebound with assists from Michael Rasmussen and Filip Zadina, but the Caps knotted the score just before the first intermission with a score from Connor McMichael.

The Bertuzzi/Rasmussen connection came through in more fluid form a third of the way into the second period. With just over 12 minutes left, Rasmussen took the puck from the Wings’ zone and slid it to Bertuzzi at the line. As they entered the Caps’ zone, Bertuzzi fed Rasmussen streaking down the middle and the big forward fired a shot to his right from the edge of the left circle, over goalie Darcy Kuemper’s glove and under the crossbar.

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But former Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen tied it about six minutes later. The two teams played even for most of the third before Connor Brown’s winning goal 17:33 into the frame. Alex Ovechkin, who assisted on the Caps’ first goal, picked up an empty-net score with 54 seconds remaining.

Husso, acquired in the offseason via trade with the St. Louis Blues and signed to a three-year extension, played the entire game for the Wings, stopping 31 of 34 shots, including 25 or 27 at even strength.

A pair of Red Wings prospects didn’t have as strong an evening: Defenseman Simon Edvinsson finished with a minus-2 rating in 18:36 of ice time while 6-foot-8 forward Elmer Soderblom also had a minus-2 rating in 13:20 of ice time. Forward Jonatan Berggren was minus-1 in 16:39 of ice time and didn’t register a shot.

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 then open their 2022-23 regular season against the Montreal Canadiens at LCA on Oct. 14.

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