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Trending: Athanasiou ends Wings' futility in Philly

Tatar, Zetterberg play big roles; Bertuzzi enjoys his NHL debut

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

PHILADELPHIA - Say goodbye to the streak.

The Red Wings ended 19 years of futility in Philadelphia with a 3-2 shootout win at Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night.

It was their first win in Philadelphia since the second game of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals and the first regular-season win in Philadelphia since Jan. 25, 1997.

1. Andreas Athanasiou: Athanasiou scored a week ago in Philadelphia, his third goal in as many games against the Flyers. But Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Athanasiou still needed to be better in the second half of that game. Athanasiou more than made up for it when he made it four goals in four game against the Flyers, scoring at 11:11 of the third period, tying the game at 2. Then, as the third shooter in the shootout, Athanasiou beat Flyers goaltender Steve Mason to deliver the victory. It also snapped the Wings' five-game losing streak.

Quotable: "I always go back to my forehand on Mason so I thought I'd change it up a little this time, a little shot fake and bring it to my backhand. He bit on the fake and got it upstairs on him." - Athanasiou on his game-winning shootout goal.

2. Tomas Tatar : Tatar is one of the players Blashill has told to keep playing and the points would come. Tatar's came at 8:42 of the first period when he was on the left side and beat Mason as Mason scrambled to get back in position. Captain Henrik Zetterberg found Tatar alone. It was Tatar's second goal of the season and first since Oct. 21 against Nashville.

Quotable: "Probably in the second I played with the lines a little too much, to be honest with you. I put Z and Nyquie and Tats out there and they scored and I wanted to kind of keep them together and also kind of put it on their shoulders a little bit as probably our three main go-to guys coming into the year. Then I was trying to get the right matchup against (Claude) Giroux a couple times so I played around with it a little bit that way. I'd like to stay a little more consistent than we did tonight. I thought there were some good different looks. I also at times want to get Double-A in the middle with Larkin and I think I did with Bert (Tyler Bertuzzi) a couple times. You got to get them out there in the right situation but they're three real good hockey players when they play together." - Blashill

3. Henrik Zetterberg: When the Wings started the season, Blashill wanted to take some pressure off of Zetterberg and put him on Frans Nielsen's wing, hoping to have second-year forward Dylan Larkin play a lot of minutes at center. When that didn't seem to be working, Blashill quickly put Zetterberg back at his natural center position. Against the Flyers, Zetterberg started the game with Tomas Tatar and Justin Abdelkader but Blashill eventually put Tatar on that line and Tatar responded with the goal. Zetterberg played 24:04, more than any player on either team.

Quotable: "Z played lots of minutes, a good portion were in the overtime there. When we're in a stretch like this you need your go-to guys to put the team on their shoulder a little bit and win the hockey game. I thought he played big minutes and was a good player out there." - Blashill

4. Tyler Bertuzzi: Bertuzzi made his NHL debut, playing 9:57, taking one shot, getting two hits and finishing plus-1. Although he didn't play much early on due to power play and penalty kill time in the first period, Bertuzzi made his presence felt later in the game.

Quotable: "I was pretty good. I felt not bad. I was above the puck. I was good stick on puck. I was playing simple. I wasn't trying to make the fancy play. I was playing my game and I felt better. I got the opportunity and I thought I did well at it. I'm looking forward. I'm just going to keep doing it, keep pushing and keep it simple." - Bertuzzi

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