DETROIT – It was Tyler Bertuzzi's sleepless night at the Little Caesars Arena, and the disconcerting Detroit Red Wings forward for the second year sent the fans home with a nice memory.
Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game at 13:07 of the third period to break the tie and push the Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
It looked like two completely different games in one.
The Red Wings dominated the first half. The Blues also played for much of the second half of the match, before Bertuzzi scored a rebound after a shot by Michael Rasmussen to score a score at 3-3.
Bertuzzi has scored eight goals this season, one more than he has scored in 48 games as a rookie.
The Red Wings (11-11-3) broke a three-game streak without a win (0-2-1). The Blues (8-12-3) have lost seven of their last nine.
Thomas Vanek and Andreas Athanasiou also scored for the Red Wings. Mike Green had two assists.
Jimmy Howard made 33 saves for the win. Jake Allen stopped 27 shots for St. Louis.
The Red Wings dominated the first 31 minutes of the game and scored three goals in 6:42 in the second period to take a 3-0 lead.
The first 7,500 spectators of the Little Caesars Arena for tonight's game return home with a wobbly Tyler Bertuzzi head, courtesy of @ComericaBank!
– Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 28, 2018
Vanek started the rally at 4:22 am, scoring his third goal of the season, after a fine pass behind the net of Nyquist, which has 15 assists.
Athanasiou scored from the same point on the ice at 7:17, converting a pass from Green. Athanasiou leads the team with 11 goals.
Bertuzzi added to the lead by scoring a goal on the net side at 11:04, his seventh goal.
But when Bertuzzi was called for a goal high at 11:40, the momentum was reversed and the Blues had the Red Wings on their heels the rest of the period. They scored two power play goals to reduce the deficit to 3-2 at intermission.
David Perron scored at 13:37, overtaking Danny DeKeyser and Luke Glendening, and beating Howard with a short shot in the top corner.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 15:16.
The Blues had some quality opportunities to equalize in the final minutes and continued to support in the third. Perron scored his second goal of the game at 8:04 of the third goal tied at 3-3.
Defender Trevor Daley was injured in the lower body by the Red Wings in the second half. They had dressed seven defensemen with the return of Jonathan Ericsson, who had missed the last 11 games due to an injury.
The Red Wings made a good start, dominating the first period, ahead of the 15-4 Blues. But it was aimless.