DETROIT — Tyler Bertuzzi scored four goals, but the Detroit Red Wings lost 7-6 in overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday.
Ondrej Palat‘s second goal of the game won it at 2:43 after the Lightning scored three goals in 3:58 late in the third period. Alex Killorn tied it 6-6 with 2:19 remaining.
Bertuzzi, who hadn’t played since Jan. 30 due to a back injury that required surgery, became the first Red Wings player to score four goals in a season opener.
Alex Nedeljkovic made 41 saves in his Red Wings debut after being acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 22.
Nikita Kucherov (one goal, three assists) and Victor Hedman (four assists) each scored four points, and Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist for the Lightning, who responded from a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves.
Ross Colton made it 6-4 at 13:43, Kucherov scored on the power play at 16:25 and Killorn tied it at 17:41.
Dylan Larkin gave Detroit a 1-0 lead at 14:00 of the first period, and Bertuzzi scored 18 seconds into the second, stickhandling through his legs to split Hedman and Sergachev to make it 2-0.
Bertuzzi’s second goal gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead at 7:52.
Palat converted Hedman’s pass for his first goal to make it 3-1 at 8:08.
Bertuzzi finished his second NHL hat trick during a 4-on-3 power play to give Detroit a 4-1 lead at 12:29.
Stamkos scored twice on the power play in a 1:12 span (15:19, 16:31) to cut it to 4-3.
Tampa Bay finished 3-for-7 with the man-advantage.
Bertuzzi’s fourth of the game gave Detroit a 5-3 lead at 4:35 of the third, and Vladimir Namestnikov made it 6-3 at 7:10.