Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi had a good laugh Wednesday night when a reporter asked when was the last time he had heard his name chanted by fans at a game. "Not in a bad way?" he replied, smiling. "Gotta be at least seven, eight years ago." Bertuzzi received a standing ovation from fans after a brief fight with Phoenix's Rostislav Klesla during the second period of Game 1's 4-2 victory at Joe Louis Arena. Bertuzzi was further rewarded with loud "Todd Bertuzzi" chants. He dropped the gloves after Klesla chest-bumped him several times following a collision along the boards that ended with Klesla being upended. "I didn't even have the puck and he took a run at me," Bertuzzi said. "I was ready to go. Unfortunately, I kind of slipped." The fight came minutes after Pavel Datsyuk had tied the game at 1, further helping shift momentum to the Wings' side. "They have fight," Datsyuk said. "After, game little bit flipped. They have good fight. Nice. I watch too close. That's exciting stuff." Wings coach Mike Babcock liked what he saw, too.
Todd Bertuzzi's fists earn love from Red Wings fans
Detroit Free Press | Apr 14