Bertuzzi’s long-awaited return elicited a chorus of boos from the crowd of 18,007 at the Pepsi Center, which cheered when he was slammed into the boards by defenceman Ossi Vaananen on his first shift.
At age 40, Mario Lemieux still has some big games left in him. This one came exactly when the Pittsburgh Penguins needed it, down four goals in a game that was quickly developing into their 10th consecutive loss. Lemieux scored twice during a five-point night and the Penguins scored seven consecutive goals, including a club record-tying six on the power play, to beat the reeling Atlanta Thrashers 7-5 Thursday and win for the first time this season.
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has a sprained knee but is not expected to miss an extended period of time.