NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Different night, different city, same hero.
Todd Bertuzzi scored in regulation and overtime for the second straight night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over Nashville on Saturday night.
Bertuzzi forced a turnover by Nashville's David Legwand, split defenders Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Klein, then beat goalie Pekka Rinne to the glove side on a breakaway 24 seconds into the extra session. On Friday night, Bertuzzi scored in regulation and overtime in Detroit's 3-2 home win over Anaheim.
``No. 1, we did turn the puck right over inside the blue line, but your support has to come from your offside 'D,'' Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. ``(Hamhuis) went for a skate, they pushed the puck up the middle, and Klein tried to get back, but that wasn't really his man.'
After a scoreless first period, Bertuzzi scored the game's first goal at 1:21 of the second period. Driving down the left side with Predators defenseman Ryan Suter covering him, Bertuzzi pulled up in the left circle into a spin-o-rama move to his backhand that he slipped between Rinne's pads.
``He's such a big goaltender, I can't beat him coming down the wing like that. He's just too big,' Bertuzzi said of the 6-foot-5 Finn. ``I was just trying to change the angle of attack and went for the backhand.'
Drew Miller doubled the Detroit lead at 11:37 of the second.
Pavel Datsyuk's shot from the left side hit the crossbar, but Miller was posted in front and knocked the puck out of the air and into the goal. A brief video review confirmed the call that Miller did not deflect the puck with a high stick.
``It's definitely nice to have some personal success,' Miller said. ``The biggest thing was us getting the two points, it's nice to get one on the road like this one.'
Nashville halved Detroit's lead just over 3 minutes later on Ryan Jones' power-play goal. Jones redirected Steve Sullivan's slap shot from the left circle past Chris Osgood for his first of the season.
``Tonight, the pucks bounced a little my way,' Jones said. ``I was fortunate to be out front and Sullivan made a great shot, and it went off my stick.'
Prior to Jones' goal, Detroit had successfully killed 27 consecutive power plays. The Red Wings allowed just the one power-play goal against in Nashville's four opportunities.
``I thought the penalty kill was outstanding, and even that goal, who cares, let's just move on, I just thought we did a really good job,' Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
Legwand drew the Predators even at 2 at 4:45 of the third period when the Detroit native took advantage of a bad Detroit line change and lifted a wrist shot high to the short side.
Osgood made 33 saves en route to his first victory since Nov. 5.
NOTES: After being struck with a slap shot from teammate Shea Weber in the first period, Nashville RW Jordin Tootoo left the game and did not return. The team said he sustained a lower-body injury. ... Two of Miller's three goals on the season and three of his four career goals have come against Nashville.
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