Tomas Tatar (Bill Smith/Getty Images)
Tomas Tatar is Detroit’s leading goal scorer and he should be their go-to guy in the shootout after his incredible Patrick Kane-style move to lift the Red Wings to victory. Corey Crawford had no chance.
The Red Wings have had some woes in the shootout this season, but last night, the cure to what ailed them was sitting on the opposition’s bench.
With Detroit and Chicago in the skills competition Wednesday night, Patrick Kane shot second for the Blackhawks and, as Kane is wont to do, he pulled slowed up between the circles, made a few quick head fakes, stickhandled back and forth and beat Jimmy Howard. Problem is, he rang his backhander off the crossbar.
Next up was Tomas Tatar and, on the heels of Kane’s miss, he tore a page out of the Patrick Kane Shootout Playbook. Watch as he makes Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford bite hard on not one but four different fakes.
That’s a thing of beauty. Tatar, like Kane has made so famous in the shootout, had the puck on a string once he slowed up in the slot. Crawford’s outstretched glove wasn’t even close to snagging Tatar’s backhander.
The 3-2 shootout victory pulled the Red Wings within four points of the Eastern Conference leading Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, while Chicago’s single point pulled them within three points of St. Louis for second spot in the West’s Central Division.