The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/18/17 at 05:24 PM ET
Tomas Tatar scored goals #19 and #20 against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, keying the Wings' 5-1 victory...
But Tatar told MLive's Ansar Khan that his goals aren't as important as they could have been...
"It's a nice mark, but I would trade the goals for being a lot closer to the playoffs, for sure," Tatar said. "So, it's a stat. I would always go team first before this."
And Tatar issued something of a "bottom line" as to the team's state:
"I feel like this is what we needed through the season," Tatar said. "When we get the lead, we need always that extra one that calms the whole team. You're playing with more confidence, and then we scored another goal so that's big. Obviously, I was fortunate to find the net."
Update: The Free Press's Helene St. James also spoke with Tatar:
Tatar has eight goals his past 13 games.
“You don’t want to get these up-and-downs,” he said. “You would like to be more consistent. But I guess that is just how the league is. I am working on it to be more consistent. But when you are hot, you are just finding the net.”
"It's great to see that he scores goals," Henrik Zetterberg said. "He had a lot of chances early on this year, but everything kind of went against him. So it is good to see him get rewarded here.”
The Wings were counting on Tatar for 25-30 goals this season. At the midpoint, he had nine. Now he may reach 25, as 12 games remain.
“I thought early in the year we was playing good, he just wasn't scoring,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “It wasn’t from a lack of chances. Someone told me he led the league in posts-hit in the first part of the year. I don’t think his play has been a whole lot different – I just think now they are going in and that happen sometimes with guys.”
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