Tomas Tatar stepped up large for the Detroit Red Wings on a night when he was playing with a very heavy heart. The Slovakian native scored the game winning goal for the Wings only a day after his father passed away.
Upon sliding the puck into the open goal Tatar looked up and pointed to the sky in a moving tribute to his Dad.
But, Jimmy Howard shut the door after that. Rebounding from a poor performance in San Jose Thursday night Howard made 44 saves against a dangerous Los Angeles offense.
Dan Cleary cemented the victory by one-timing a Luke Glendening feed into the net giving a desperate Detroit team a much needed two points. The Wings now sit 7th in the Eastern Conference, 1 point up on the New York Rangers.
Things don’t get any easier from here though. The Wings head to Anaheim Sunday to play a Ducks team that has not lost at home in regulation this season and who have won 16 of 17 overall.
A special shout out to the Kings’ organist who was on top of their game all night. The Game Of Thrones rendition was a signature performance.