The banged-up Detroit Red Wings received the help of some reinforcements on Friday night, as Todd Bertuzzi, Darren Helm and Jakub Kindl all made their 2013 regular-season debuts. And Bertuzzi wasted no time making an impact, popping home two goals in Detroit’s 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Bertuzzi’s first goal of the night came just 55 seconds into the second period — and a mere 42 ticks after rookie Damien Brunner put the Red Wings out front with a power-play goal.
A bouncing puck in front of the net ricocheted off Bertuzzi’s leg and past Minnesota goalie Josh Harding to give Detroit a 2-0 lead:
Bertuzzi later added his second of the game when Pavel Datsyuk dropped a beautiful saucer pass right onto his tape. Bertuzzi one-timed the puck home to put Detroit ahead 5-2:
Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Wings, who improved to 2-2-0 on the season.