Not one to be shown up, even if it’s from another continent, Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi pulled a move out of his hat that Pavel Datsyuk would be proud of.
Mostly because Datsyuk did it first.
The Red Wings held their Red and White scrimmage yesterday, which pit members of the Detroit Red Wings against players from the Grand Rapids Griffins (the Wings’ AHL affiliate). The game was open to the public and shown on local TV. After the Red team emerged victorious with a 4-2 win, both sides took to the ice for a quick shootout where Todd Bertuzzi, shooting for the White team, executed the exact same move that we saw Datsyuk pull in a KHL shootout recently.
Bertuzzi starts off with a wide swing toward the left boards, which is pretty typical for Bertuzzi to do in the shootout, comes across the front of the crease, pulls the puck behind his back and slips it past Jonas Gustavsson, who joined the Red Wings last season as a free agent signing. As you can see from the side-angle replay in the clip below, Bertuzzi was received a goal-scorers bounce off of Gustavsson’s pads and into the net.
Check out video of Bertuzzi’s move below.