from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Andreas Athanasiou scored the game-tying goal on an electrifying play with two minutes remaining in regulation. Then he made a slick pass to Dylan Larkin for the winning goal with 5.1 seconds to play in overtime.
Those are the plays difference-makers make. Athanasiou has what it takes to be a difference-maker - elite speed and finishing ability.
So far this season, he's also shown something that has been lacking during his career - consistent competitiveness. That's good for the Red Wings moving forward.
"From the first day of camp I think he's been engaged and done the things that it takes to be a real good hockey player," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said following Friday's 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Little Caesars Arena. "His habits have been real good in practice and he's done a real good job for us."
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
For long stretches against the Rangers Friday, the Red Wings faced their continuing challenge of difficulty just getting the puck out of their own end.
Eventually, though, with Jimmy Howard staving off defeat yet again, the Wings managed.
Then, their young guns startedfiring. And now, the Wings have won five of their last six.
The high-flying Andreas Athanasiou, returning from four games lost to injury, tied the game with 2:02 left in regulation.
And then, in overtime, Athanasiou deftly fed Dylan Larkin who sped into the Rangers’ zone to beat Henrik Lundqvist for his seventh goal of the season.
Below, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press and watch the extended game highlights.