Athanasiou’s 3rd goal of the season is a beauty of a tip-in [VIDEO]

Mar 27, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

To say that Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou was snake-bitten to start the season would be an understatement. But once he got his first, he got the monkey off his back and he’s been a scoring chance threat ever since.

He proved this Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. As Frans Nielsen carried the puck into the Carolina zone, he fired a pass across to Thomas Vanek. Vanek put a pass to the net from the faceoff circle that Athanasiou corralled in front of netminder Petr Mrazek. Literally crashing the net as Mrazek slid across the crease, he tipped-in the shot past Petr to cut the Hurricane’s lead to 2-1.

The Hurricanes ultimately ended up winning the game 3-1 after a late empty-net goal. But the young players continue to show their offensive skills whenever able. With Athanasiou finally producing, now we just need Anthony Mantha to start getting on the board, as well as laying his huge hits.



Chauncey Billups reveals what REALLY happened in 2005 finals

It’s a moment any Detroit Pistons fan of the 90’s – 00’s will remember vividly. One of the heart-thumping moments that makes playoff basketball fans into fans for life. Unfortunately, the Pistons ended up on the wrong side of that moment; the time that, according to Chauncey Billups, coach Larry Brown choked away Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

June 19, 2005. 9.4 seconds left in overtime, and the Pistons are up 95-93 over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It looks like an inevitable 3-2 game lead for the Pistons. But then, Spurs’ Robert Horry sinks a 3-pointer after being left uncovered. Spurs win 96-95, going into a Game 6 up three games to two. They would ultimately win the series in seven games. Billups calls that loss the darkest day of his career, and he has some insight on who’s to blame for it.

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