They were still talking Thursday about Todd Bertuzzi's Game 1 scrap with Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla putting a charge in the Joe. Red Wings fans gave him a standing ovation and chanted "Todd Bertuzzi." "It's a good lift, a good boost for the team," Jimmy Howard said. "The crowd really enjoyed it. It was good to hear them chanting Todd's name. "It's good for him, but it's also good for the team because we feed off the energy. When you hear the crowd getting behind us, it makes us that much better." Are we that starved for fisticuffs -- given that fights are rare in the playoffs and even more so for the Wings -- because it really wasn't that much of a scrap. Oh, well, guess it's not the size of the fight, it's the thought that counts. Danny Cleary teased Bertuzzi about it after the game. "I said to him, 'I guess that's what you've got to do to get your name chanted around here," Cleary said. "I told him I don't know if I like it, because then he's gone for 5 minutes, the lines are all messed up, but -- he really wants to win, there's no doubt about that. "That part of it, he picks his spots at the right time, which is smart, and that was a good momentum-builder for us."
Octopus Garden: Todd Bertuzzi's little scuffle gets Red Wings, crowd back in game
Detroit Free Press | Apr 15