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Watch Red Wings’ Athanasiou score beauty after undressing Stars’ Oduya with toe drag

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Andreas Athanasiou (Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Watch Red Wings’ Athanasiou score beauty after undressing Stars’ Oduya with toe drag

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Red Wings rookie Andreas Athanasiou scored an awesome goal Monday after toe dragging past Star defenseman Johnny Oduya and spinning goaltender Antti Niemi into the ice. Athanasiou’s beauty was his second of the night, making for his first multi-goal NHL game.

Andreas Athanasiou is in only his second full season of professional hockey, but the former Barrie Colts standout seems to already be finding the scoring touch that was ever-present during his OHL days. Take Monday night for example.

Athanasiou, in only his 18th career NHL game, pulled off a move some veteran players would only dream of. Breaking down the left wing with a head of steam, Athanasiou scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone and cut into the Stars’ zone one-on-one with Dallas blueliner Johnny Oduya. He did his best to keep Athanasiou to the outside, but the 21-year-old winger pulled the puck around Oduya so fast he spun the defenseman and dropped goaltender Antti Niemi to his back:

The goal was Athanasiou’s second of the night and made for the first multi-goal game of his NHL career, and he managed his two scores on only four shots and 11:30 of ice time in a game that went into overtime. Not a bad outing for the rookie. In his 18 games this season, Athanasiou has four goals and seven points, but he’s averaging less than nine minutes of ice time per game.

Athanasiou hasn’t had nearly the hype surrounding him that Dylan Larkin has, but Athanasiou could be a great addition to the Red Wings’ big club roster down the stretch if he’s kept in the lineup by coach Jeff Blashill. In 26 AHL games this season, Athanasiou has eight goals and 16 points and he scored 16 goals and 32 points in 55 outings last season. Any offensive production would be a boost for Detroit, though.

The Red Wings currently rank in the bottom-third in the league in total goals for with 161 and are 21st in the league with 2.52 goals for per game with 19 games left in their campaign. Even with their poor offensive output, Detroit is holding down the third spot in the Atlantic Division, but they’re the only team in either conference to hold a divisional playoff spot with a negative goal differential. If the Red Wings plan on winning in the playoffs, that’s going to have to change.

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Watch Red Wings’ Athanasiou score beauty after undressing Stars’ Oduya with toe drag