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Key Play Breakdown: The Andreas Athanasiou Show

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Boston Bruins v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Detroit finally beat Boston again on Wednesday night after overcoming two one-goal deficits. There were some good options for Key Play Breakdown on this one:

  • Danny DeKeyser trying a cross-ice pass out of his own zone and hitting a forechecker’s skate instead (later absolved of blame by Mickey Redmond as a “bad break” on FS-D), followed by weak net-front coverage on Boston’s 2nd goal was a candidate.
  • Gustav Nyquist chugging up ice and making a good shot selection knowing he’s basically got a 2-on-1 and the defender has given him too much room to shoot leading to Athanasiou’s first goal was another good candidate.
  • The five-man unit working well on a faceoff win for Tyler Bertuzzi’s deflection in front, featuring a great stick-lift by Thomas Vanek and a nifty move at the blue line by Jensen to create a lane was neat as well.

However, I just want to watch this on repeat:

The Setup

Offensive zone faceoff for the Wings in OT following a Mantha shot that was frozen by Rask. This shot came off a brilliant save by Jimmy Howard on David Pastrnak at the other end. Frans Nielsen takes the draw joined by Andreas Athanasiou and Mike Green. They’re up against Jacob Chewbacca-Whatshisname with Torey Krug and Brad Marchand. Nielsen loses the draw, but a fortunate bounce off the inside of the lineseman’s leg delays the puck getting to Krug and allows Athanasiou time to get in and disrupt things

The Finish

AA outbattles both Krug and Marchand to get a turnaround shot he roofs over Rask and that’s the game. Just watch it.

Credit Where Credit is Due

I’m not going to lie, there’s not a lot here other than AA being really aggressive and taking the shot. It’s a lucky bounce off the linesman to be sure, but AA’s dogged determination paid off. Jimmy Howard was the other Red Wings player on ice who deserves a ton of credit and that’s because of the save he had made on the previous play. Frans Nielsen and Mike Green both deserve credit for not taking penalties I guess.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.