One teammate compared Todd Bertuzzi to a slalom skier, another suggested he may be a bit antiquated. But any which way he gets the job done, the Red Wings are delighted.

As he took to the ice for the third round of the shoot-out Friday in Boston, Bertuzzi started out wide, then cut in and lifted the puck over Tuukka Rask to secure a 3-2 victory against the Bruins.

"I had a different move planned," Bertuzzi said, "but I got caught in a rut, couldn't quite get my feet back again. I'm fortunate I got him leaning enough that I could get it back up."

Bertuzzi scored twice when the Wings last played in Boston, a 4-2 victory last February. His role has changed since that game: He spent the opening month of this season on the third line, tasked with providing a physical presence and limiting his penalties. He missed six games earlier this month because of dizziness and then found himself, when he returned last Saturday, on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen. Bertuzzi has responded.

"I thought Bert's played three of his best games since he's been a Red Wing," coach Mike Babcock said. "Good for him to get the goal.