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Tyler Bertuzzi makes Red Wings history as Detroit wins sixth straight

Posted: 10:35 PM, Apr 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-03 16:05:07Z
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DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi made Detroit Red Wings history on Tuesday night after a three-point performance in Detroit's 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bertuzzi became the first player in Detroit Red Wings history to record three or more points in four straight games.

Near the end of Tuesday's game, he set up Anthony Mantha to score an open-net goal, giving him the three points.

He had two goals and an assist against Pittsburgh, three assists on Sunday against the Boston Bruins, a goal and two assists against the New Jersey Devils and two goals and an assist against the Buffalo Sabres.

"I think I'm still a little shocked right now," Bertuzzi told DetroitRedWings.com. "I haven't comprehended it yet but it's something special. Like I've said before, I can't thank my teammates enough, my line mates for that run."

Head Coach Jeff Blashill said he was completely blown away and couldn't believe it.

"You think of the players in this franchise, geez-o-pete, and the winning that's been done here and the number of goals that have been scored," Blashill said. "Different eras have had higher scoring games, but for that to be the first time in history, I absolutely couldn't believe it."

Bertuzzi has been playing on a line with Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin. In those four games, Mantha has five goals and six assists while Larkin has four goals and five assists. In all, the line has been responsible for 14 goals in the last four games.

"We're clicking, there's other guys clicking and we're winning and we're having a lot of fun. Before every game, the message has been this past stretch to build for next year and that for us that's the exciting part," Larkin said. "We're building chemistry against good teams at home, on the road, different situations, power play, five on five. It's been a lot of fun and we're doing it for a purpose and we're doing it for next year, too."

"It's been fun playing hockey. Everyone's going through and playing simple. We're gelling together and making simple plays. Everything's been working well," Bertuzzi added.

The Red Wings are on a season-high 6-game winning streak and have just two games left in the season. In that stretch, they've beaten the Penguins, Bruins, Devils, Sabres, Sharks and Golden Knights. It's propelled them from near last place in the NHL standings to 27th with 74 points.

They'll head to Pittsburgh for a game on Thursday night before wrapping up the season at home against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.