January 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Wings 3- Kings 1: Tatar Nets GWG 24 Hours After Dad's Death

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.

Eleventh hour call up Riley Sheahan was the benefactor of another strong play by Tatar when he scored his first NHL goal chipping a back hander past a sprawling Jonathan Quick.

The Kings’ Drew Doughty opened the scoring after Joakim Andersson was whistled for a questionable call giving L.A a 5 on 3 advantage.

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.


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