VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The only difference Todd
Bertuzzi sees in his game is a little good fortune is now coming
Bertuzzi notched his fourth career hat trick Sunday night,
lifting the slumping Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading
Detroit Red Wings. With five goals in three games, Bertuzzi matched
his total from the previous 33 -- dating to the 2003-04 season when
he scored just 17.
"Just getting a bit more puck luck," Bertuzzi said of his
three-game goal streak. "The chances were there. I just wasn't
putting them away before."
Bertuzzi got them early and often against Detroit.
He jammed in a rebound midway through the first period, then
added his fifth goal of the season on a power-play breakaway five
minutes later. He completed his first three-goal game since March
17, 2003, after coming in alone again on goalie Manny Legace with
five minutes left in the second.
"I put the puck in the net finally, that's all it was,"
Anson Carter also scored for the Canucks, who snapped a
three-game losing streak and won for just the third time in eight
"It was good Detroit was the next game up," Bertuzzi said.
"These are games we take very seriously."
Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings, who lost in regulation
for just the third time this season (15-3-1). Two of those defeats
have come against Vancouver.
"We had a good start, got the first goal, and played well,"
said Legace, who finished with 22 saves but lost for just the
second time this season.
Then Bertuzzi took over.
After only scoring twice in the first 15 games -- once into an
empty net -- Bertuzzi is showing signs of returning to his old form
when he netted 46 goals two seasons ago. He drove to the net to
score the first goal, and fought off big defenseman Jiri Fischer
after Nolan Baumgartner's long stretch pass put him behind the
Detroit defense on the second.
Bertuzzi finished both breakaways in style, beating Legace with
a quick backhand-to-forehand deke on the first and roofing a
backhand shot on the second.
"He's a special player," said Legace, who got to know Bertuzzi
during a short stint with the Canucks in 1999-2000. "When I was
here for that month, he was lighting me up in practice just like he
lit me up tonight."
Dan Cloutier returned to the Vancouver net after missing five
games with a concussion and was quickly welcomed back by Detroit's
top-ranked, power-play unit.
Cloutier showed little signs of rust after that, especially when
Detroit outshot the Canucks 14-1 in the third period.
"I felt good throughout the game, no side effects," said
Cloutier, who finished with 34 saves.
Vancouver recalled forwards Josh Green and Nathan Smith
from Manitoba of the AHL earlier Sunday, but only Green played. ...
The Canucks will play their next three games on the road, where
they are 3-4-2 this season. ... The Canucks are 7-0 against the
other two Western Conference divisions, but just 4-5-2 in the
Northwest Division that they lead. ... The Central Division-leading
Red Wings are 8-0 against teams in their own division, but just
2-2-1 against the Northwest.