Tyler Bertuzzi is back.
The 26-year-old winger missed most of the 2020–21 season with a back injury, appearing in just nine games and scoring five goals and seven points. He potted 21 goals in both the 2018–19 and 2019–20 seasons.
Bertuzzi put that goal-scoring talent on display early in the second period of Detroit’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, splitting Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev with an eye-popping between-the-legs move before firing a wrister past Bolts goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Tyler Bertuzzi missed most of last season and underwent back surgery but his hands certainly didn't suffer. He gives the @DetroitRedWings a 2-0 lead 18 seconds into the second period. Nick Leddy and Moritz Seider (first NHL point) assisted. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/yzKSgEW9oR
— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) October 15, 2021
The Red Wings would undoubtedly like to see Bertuzzi pulling off similar moves in all 82 games of the 2021–22 season, although he’ll be forced to miss all of Detroit’s road contests in Canadian cities due to his unvaccinated status.
Bertuzzi added a second goal later in the middle period to give the Red Wings a brief 3-0 lead; Lightning winger Ondrej Palat responded with a goal just 16 seconds later to cut Detroit’s advantage to 3-1.
Nick Leddy picked up the primary helper on Bertuzzi’s first goal for his first point as a Red Wing. The 30-year-old defenseman scored 31 points (two goals, 29 assists) in 56 games with the New York Islanders last season.
Moritz Seider also assisted on the 2-0 goal, although his helper was hardly of the highlight-reel variety. Nevertheless, it was the first NHL point for the 20-year-old defenseman (who also made his NHL debut in the game).
The Red Wings currently lead the Lightning by a 3-1 score during the second period.
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