The wings received a rare victory thanks to Bernier and Athanasios. Filmed on March 16, 2019 in Detroit.
Helen Saint James, Detroit Free Press
A decade since the last Detroit Red Wings had a player to achieve 30 goals. It is good for the future organization that two guys could get to the mark for the last 10 matches. Little Caesars Arena. It took star performances from Jonathan Bernier to secure a win, but Athanasios was highlighted by how he played at both ends of the ice.
"As he is playing now, he must get this marker," said Dylan Larkin. "He's dynamic, he's an explosive scorer. It's not like a lot of people riding it It's ok for him, it's great for our team – if he can to reach the central position on the ice, it will be harder for matches for other teams.
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Larkin is another boy, is within reach, for 27 goals Krylov did not have 30 goals since Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa reached the mark in 2008-09
– If I could do it, it would be good. It would be better if it came with victories. "
This was Eight and the best game of Athanasius since she moved from the wings to the center, which is also encouraging. Athanasius fought early with the defenses of the gaming center; He was especially strong on March 9 in Tampa Bay, when he failed to capture Nikita Kucherova, which led to the goal.
"I'm becoming more and more comfortable in every game," said Atanasius. "Every change and every face I take, you are mature as a player and grow into a position a little more.
"When you play the center, you must be much more knowledgeable in the d-zone, as if it's the third defender who enters the game at speed.
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After the trading period ended February 25, Wings put Atanasius in the center to see if he could wear his line. This is a big responsibility. Before Saturday's game coach Jeff Blaschill spent time with Athanasios, who passed the game at Tampa Bay. Answer Atanasiu was pleasant.
"He has been very contentious," said Blaxill. – He really is a very good defender in his d-zone. He did things that, if he was the center, and I do not know what's best, but if he does, he should play the way he did it.
Your own zone and compete as crazy. And you have to slow yourself to breakthroughs, and you have to be under the puck. If you do not do these things, you can not be the center for a long term. He did it better. "
22-year-old Larkin made a listening position at the end of the season 2016-17 and became the best center of the team. Can 24-year-old Atanasius flourish as boy # 2? He is such a dynamic player that combines incredible acceleration with the other hand. He had six shots on the network against the islanders.
"I continue to force him on the law that he should slow down to score a few goals, because he is so fast, "said Bernier, smiling." He gets so many chances, he is definitely one of the fastest skis in the league and he's a great player. " Maybe the Wings win the lottery on April 9th and will have the right to choose the center of Jack X'Jase. In any position – the wing, center – Athanasius used this season to show that it will be a key part of the recovery process. His maturity was manifested in his sequence. He was threatened by the attacks of most games. He scored his first goal on Saturday when his shot was sent to the defender of the islanders Ryan Pulok, but it was exactly the way Atañacio earned a chance that struck.
"He has passed all his team in a neutral zone and not very many guys can do this and control the puck in the zone," Larkin said. – It is in the center that male leaders work, and he simply threw on the network, and it happened well. It was more of a game that led him back. He is a dangerous player when he slips so.
Larkin and Athanasius both said that prospective seasons from 30 goals would mean more if Wings went to the playoffs and not the lottery project. But this way can come faster if the 30-golnyy again fill the warehouse.
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