Red Wings ring in New Year with 2-0 win over Sharks
At least the Red Wings ended 2019 on a positive note.
They defeated the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena to snap a six-game losing streak (0-6-0) in the traditional New Year Eve’s game.
Jonathan Bernier got his first shutout of the season, making 34 saves.
“You gotta stick with it. At some point, you work hard in practice and those bounces are gonna turn,” Bernier said. “There’s a couple of saves tonight I got lucky and it just hit me. That’s just hockey.”
The win also allowed Detroit to reach double figures in wins (10-28-3) before the New Year.
“I thought we played pretty good hockey. We weren’t perfect, but I thought we did a real good job of defending,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought Bernie (Bernier) was real good, but I also thought we played pretty good defensively.”
Bernier’s biggest save came on Logan Couture from the slot with a little more than six minutes left after a turnover deep in the Red Wings zone.
Tyler Bertuzzi, who will represent the Red Wings in the NHL All-Star Weekend, and defenseman Filip Hronek got the goals.
Bertuzzi scored 3:15 into the second period when he tipped in defenseman Madison Bowey’s shot from the right point for Bertuzzi’s team-leading 15th goal.
“It was an overall good game by us. A lot of guys stepped up,” said Bertuzzi, who leads Detroit with 31 points.
“My linemates have been awesome, playing with Dylan (Larkin),” Bertuzzi said. “I’m just confident with the puck, knowing where each other are and just trying to keep it more simple right now.”
Hronek scored into an empty net with 48.2 seconds left. It was his eighth goal.
Andreas Athanasiou did not play and will miss two-to-three weeks with a lower-body injury.
… The Red Wings recalled LW Givani Smith from AHL Grand Rapids. He played Tuesday night.
… Defenseman Mike Green was a late scratch.