Todd Bertuzzi dropped his gloves once against Predators defenseman Shane O'Brien, and then did it again, much to the delight of Red Wings teammates.
Bertuzzi's two fighting majors were among the highlights of the Wings' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena, which saw them battle back from a 3-0 deficit. Bertuzzi set up the game-tying goal.
"I think you've really got to compliment Bert," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought Bertuzzi was great today -- I mean, through two periods he hardly got to play, but he was physical, he was standing up for his teammates. Fighting isn't going to happen in the playoffs, but more than the fighting, it was just standing up for yourself and getting involved in the game."
Bertuzzi and O'Brien fought early in the first period and a few minutes into the second period.
"It was great," Jimmy Howard said. "We're not really known for guys dropping the gloves, but it definitely gave us a boost. You could just tell on the bench, guys were fired up the second time there. It was good to see. It really made us energetic out there."
The Wings scored twice within a minute and a half of Bertuzzi's second fight.
"You know it's weird, sometimes a situation like that can really spark a team," Danny Cleary said. "We all know how hard Bert plays and -- listen, we're a not a team that fights a lot, that's an understatement, but we had guys step up tonight and it was huge."
The fights were Bertuzzi's first since he tussled with Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik during an exhibition game last September.
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