Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi said he turned at the last moment to not severely hurt Chicago's Ryan Johnson on Monday. Bertuzzi was ejected from the game but did not draw further action from the NHL.
"I went in there to finish a hit and I thought he was in a really bad spot, so I tried to ease up" Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I went in with my side and tried to hit him with my butt in the stomach.
"If I went straight on, I could have hit him pretty hard, but I just wanted to make sure he was all right."
Bertuzzi sought out Johnson in the Chicago locker room soon after the play to make sure Johnson was fine.
Todd Bertuzzi 'tried to ease up' before hit on Johnson
Detroit News | Mar 31