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A Playoff Party -- With Bert

Bertplayoffs_2Looking to shake some things up, Detroit coach Mike Babcock moved former Panther legend Todd Bertuzzi to the team's second line.

So far, the plan has worked.

Bertuzzi, limited to only one game in this series against Calgary, scored Detroit's first goal Thursday night to make it 1-1 in Game 4, and as I type, made a pretty pass to give Detroit its second goal and a 2-2 score against the host Flames.

Bertuzzi hasn't had great memories of the postseason in his career, and was a little touchy about said subject at the start of this season. If Bertuzzi's Red Wings make it out of the first round, it will mark only the second time a Bertuzzi team has made it past the opening round.

Bertuzzi missed the first two games of this series with a concussion and was minus-1 in Tuesday's loss. He looks fired up tonight.

-- Good pick by me on the Penguins, eh? Not only did I pick them to beat the Sens in 7 last week, but this morning I picked them to win tonight's Game 5 and force a sixth game in Pittsburgh. Alas, Sens win 3-0. Good series for the Sens. They played fast and physical and now get some time off to watch other teams beat each other up. Good for them. Ray Emery looked pretty good out there, something that bodes well for the offensive-minded Sens for the duration.