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Helene St. James: With goal, assist, Red Wings’ Tomas Tatar dedicates game to deceased dad

“Tomas Tatar had an emotional night, Jimmy Howard an encouraging one.

Tatar scored the game-winning goal as the Detroit Red Wings bested the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, Saturday at Staples Center. He played despite just having lost his father, Jan.”


Ansar Khan: Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard comes up big against Kings, still searching for consistency

“Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has experienced big performance swings since returning from his knee injury.

He’s struggled in a couple of games, and he’s been tremendous in two games, including Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.”


Ted Kulfan: With heavy heart, Tomas Tatar leads Wings to victory over Kings

“Tomas Tatar is becoming an offensive force for the Red Wings and doing it under trying circumstances.

Tatar scored a goal for the third consecutive game in the third period Saturday, breaking a tie and helping lift the Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

This, just one day after Tatar suffered the loss of his father Jan, 60, who died Friday in Slovakia.”


Graham Hathway: We Love You Tomas: Red Wings 3 – Kings 1

“Grit, heart, courage, desire.

These are wonderful things to have as a hockey player. I like stats as much as the next guy, but every once in a while, intangibles become things that make the difference in a hockey game.

That and kick-ass goaltending.

The Red Wings went into LA tonight still licking their wounds after a thorough trouncing at the hands of the Sharks on Thursday night. I don’t think too many people foresaw a victory in the Wings’ future, but Jimmy Howard made sure that the Wings were going to at least have a chance. His 44 saves (should have been 45 if the correct goaltender interference call had been made) were the difference as the Wings beat the Kings 3-1.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.