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Brunner makes first multipoint game, super

02/25/2013, 8:15am CST
By Ted Kulfan The Detroit News

Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, left, Damien Brunner, Henrik Zetterberg, and Danny Cleary celebrate Zetteberg's second period goal during the Red Wings 8-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena, in Detroit on Feb. 24, 2013. (David Guralnick)

Detroit — Damien Brunner's first multi-point game in the NHL certainly came in style Sunday against Vancouver.

Brunner had two goals and assisted on two others, a four-point night, in the Red Wings' 8-3 victory.

A great night for sure, but Brunner took it a little in stride.

He's had better games this hockey season.

"I had a five-point game in Switzerland," said Brunner, of his stay in the Swiss Elite League while the NHL was in a lockout.

You get the sense this won't be his only multi-goal, or multi-point game.

The two goals gave Brunner a team-leading 10 for the season, in what was the Wings' 19th game.

For a guy who had never played in the NHL, at the age of 26, Brunner is living up to whatever expectations the Red Wings and fans had.

"I had expectations for myself," said Brunner, who has kept those largely to himself. "I wanted to come over and prove I could play in this league. When you play with great players, you have chances to score and you have chances to put the puck in.

"I'm happy they're going in right now. I play with some great players and the puck is going in and that gives you confidence."

Brunner has been consistent, not going more than two games without a goal. He's found good chemistry with Zetterberg, who played on the same line with Brunner during the lockout for EV Zug in the Swiss League.

That has helped Brunner's transition to the NHL.

"It's about timing, finding your shots, working hard and putting the puck in the net," Brunner said. "They've given me a lot of confidence and I want to make sure to (earn that confidence)."

 

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