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Report: Red Wings’ Bertuzzi throws helmet at Sharks’ Wingels

Jan 10, 2014, 1:09 AM EDT

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With the score no longer close, some late-game rough stuff broke out between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

The Sharks, thanks to three unanswered goals in the second period, defeated the visiting Red Wings 4-1.

The final few minutes of the third period saw two fights and some other incidents, including Red Wings’ forward Todd Bertuzzi throwing his helmet at Sharks’ forward Tommy Wingels following a scrum, according to Twitter reports from David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News and Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.

  1. sharknad0 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    He is a scary man

  2. btlpper68 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Don’t touch our water bottle!!!

    • doubles22 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      “What are you, the helmet-throwing police?”

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    How about that missed elbow at the end? I have a lot of respect for the Wings but they showed no class tonight.

  4. sharksfan754 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Was at the game on that side of the ice and saw it live. What a disgrace Todd bertuzzi is to the game. He’s lucky to still be in the league because of his thuggery and he throws his helmet…

    • fuggles42 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      Are you sure you were at the game? Did you miss the part where the only reason his helmet was able to be thrown was because the San Jose goon jumped in as the third man in the end and blind side shotted Bertuzzi with a sucker punch hard enough to knock his visor into the side of his head and open a gash up? Guess you didn’t see that through the teal glasses you were clearly wearing.

      • rrsm53 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Bertuzzi should be use to sucker punches seeing as how he threw one of the biggest one’s ever in the NHL. He is the biggest pansy in the league. To bad his face didnt get broken.

      • stevemac213 - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        and what “goon” would that be…Pickles???

      • mstrcool - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Forget the “teal glasses”, anyone who defends a pos like Bertuzzi clearly has no ground to stand on when it comes to cheap shots.

      • twelsh36446 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        BS rrm stop making stuff up. The Sharks are just a bunch of goons, and when they come to Detroit they will be dealt with.

  5. charlieconway96 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    As a lifelong Kings fan, its in my DNA to hate the Sharks. As a human being, its in my DNA to hate Todd Bertuzzi. What’s left of my soul is conflicted.

    • twelsh36446 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Why because he’s old and has had a great career?

  6. muckleflugga - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:52 AM

    it’s hockey and tempers flare…

    is this a california thing…elevating every scrap and shoving match and why i oughta to status as capital crime…big deal…beruzzi threw a helmet…he was rewarded with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by every indication…

    as for the criminal todd bertuzzi…on the fbi’s ten most wanted…what of steve moore…he came within a hair of killing or maiming markus näslund…where’s the bleating and gnashing of teeth over moore’s conduct…?

    following the causal chain, moore’s behaviour begat that of bertuzzi’s…fast forward to eriksson being gooned by orpik who was jumped by thornton…orpik’s behaviour begat that of thornton’s

    difference…nobody from pittsburgh piled-on thornton so an apparently injured orpik escaped further harm…in hindsight, moore’s teammates should have stayed the hell out of it…

    but it’s hockey and tempers flare

    • stevemac213 - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:29 PM


  7. buysamadrink - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Wow. Really looking forward to Olympic hockey at this point. I appreciate your view but there cannot be any justifying Thornton’s actions…especially for a clean but hard check that happened to result in a concussion. Cannot imagine anything that necessitates throwing a helmet. Who throws his helmet??? Honestly!

  8. ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    ::something about criminals::
    ::something about how I wish hockey was figure skating::
    ::something negative about the RedWings::

    hockey rhetoric is soooo tired sometimes.

  9. hardkor07mn - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Bertuzzi is a goon, plain and simple. No place for that kind of crap. Hope he pays heavily for this one.

  10. mcphillthy - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Bertuzzi is a worthless human being. He should never have been allowed to return to the NHL to begin with. He is an embarassment to the sport. He needs to go live under a rock far away from humanity.

    • shoobiedoobin - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      See my reply below this one. You’re exhibit A you retard.

  11. redwinger6 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    We here at are too lazy to actually go watch a 2 minute clip, so we’re just going to regurgitate someone else’s report.

  12. redwinger6 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    I wasn’t happy when the Wings picked up Bertuzzi originally, but he’s been a good citizen since then. He did something stupid and paid for it, and learned from it. He didn’t throw his helmet at Wingels, he threw it down when he took it off because it had gotten twisted around in the scrum. Oh, and he was pissed because Vlassic sucker punched him in the head. But I guess that wasn’t a good story, so the California media had to ignore that.

  13. govtminion - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I salute Todd Bertuzzi for taking a big step forward here. Yes, flinging a helmet down the ice is a pretty low move. But look at it this way- he’s not trying to make sure someone’s head is still in the helmet these days. That’s progress, and he really should be recognized for it.

  14. sharksman - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    sharks fan here and I would like to say I had no problems with this, nothing to see here move on
    doesn’t this stuff happen at the end of every play ? nothing to see here
    and remember all you people calling for bertuzzis head for what happened years ago, we have torres on our team……just saying, second chances for everyone not just people that are on your team. bertuzzi has been a good hockey player for a lot of years and if he was still doing stupid shet he would not be in the league
    torres is a good example look at how he played last year, good clean hockey (never thought I would say that about him lol)

    • chanceoffleury - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Listen I mean this in the nicest way possible, but why have so many sharks fans insisted Torres is a changed player? He hasn’t even played a regular game since his last suspension. You are just like the 4th Sharks fan I’ve seen post about how changed he is this year, and I don’t watch much Sharks hockey since I live in EST so from the outside looking in I don’t understand how you can say a players cleaned up his game when he hasn’t even played a game post-suspension.

  15. shoobiedoobin - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Almost every single person who comments about Bertuzzi on hockey forums comes off as an ignorant fool. Sensationalism and passing judgment is all it is.

    Why would anyone look at WHY he did it, I mean, that might take away from the therapeutic effect of judging the man?

    Bunch of morons in here. I applaud Detroit, SJ has been pulling cowardly BS of varying varieties for at least 5-6 years now. Most teams hate the p*ssies. ‘Bout time someone did something.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      i just miss when you were allowed to see things in hockey that you don’t normally see. I don’t think there’s another sport where anger is such a driving force as hockey. I missed the memo where fans decided they wouldn’t accept it anymore. Bertuzzi’s got the spotty past, but does that make him not a hockey player? he’s honestly just trying to make the money that he’s gonna owe Steve Moore when he loses the lawsuit.

      • tunesguy - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Come on, people…

        He tossed a three-pound helmet. It didn’t have a puppy, kitten or infant inside and I’m fairly positive that it had no effect on Wingels.

  16. shoobiedoobin - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Sports are funny, in every other area of life most people tend to willingly admit they’re not well versed or educated on something. But when it comes to sports we all want so badly to be an expert that any schmuck with a laptop tries to play pretend guru.

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