Andreas Athanasiou scores in record time to lift Red Wings past Ottawa, 2-1 in overtime
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — With record speed, the Detroit Red Wings finally won in overtime.
Andreas Athanasiou scored 6 seconds into the extra period to give Detroit a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. The goal tied an NHL record for fastest overtime goal in the regular season. The Red Wings improved to 1-6 in games decided in overtime, although they have won three shootouts.
“I think we’re just playing good hockey right now, trying to make the most of what I get,” Athanasiou said. “Anytime I get a chance I’m trying to make something happen. Anytime I can help the team out it’s definitely a good feeling.”
Detroit has won three in a row for the first time this season.
Athanasiou scored twice and also had a penalty shot stopped in the third period. Dylan Larkin took the opening faceoff in overtime and, after the puck went forward a bit, both Athanasiou and Ottawa standout Erik Karlsson reached for it.
Athanasiou was able to control it and skated in behind Karlsson on a breakaway. He beat goalie Craig Anderson with a backhander high to the glove side.
“The puck was bouncing a little bit and I kind of saw Karlsson’s stick on the left side of me, so I figured I’d go to the backhand again and try to get it up over his pad and fortunately it worked out,” Athanasiou said.
The most recent player to score 6 seconds into overtime in the regular season was Washington’s Alex Ovechkin on Dec. 15, 2006, at Atlanta.
The Red Wings opened the scoring in the first period after a clever play by Anthony Mantha. The Detroit forward was in front of the net when he shot the puck backward through his legs, forcing Anderson to make a save. Athanasiou put away the rebound to make it 1-0.