Andreas Athanasiou scores twice to lead Detroit Red Wings to 2-1 victory over New York Islanders at LCA

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DETROIT (CCN) — Andreas Athanasiou scored twice to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders in a Saturday matinee match-up at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit. 


Defenseman Danny DeKeyser assisted on both goals by Athanasiou who scored 2:59 into the game for a 1-0 lead and then broke a 1-1 tie mid-way through the second period. It was his eighth multi-goal game of th season and ran his goal total to 26 on the season. Only Dylan Larkin has more goals for Detroit with 27.


Athanasiou had praise for KeKeyser on the second one, saying, "I think just as he got the puck he looked to the net and kind of saw me sneak in around the net and saw me all alone. We kind of made a little eye contact there and then he put it right on my tape and I emptied it. It's definitely a good feeling. When you get the puck there spot on and have a whole net to put the puck into, that's a good feeling, especially to give our team the lead."


Detroit got great goaltendering from Jonathan Bernier who faced a 42-shot barrage. Anders Lee scored the only goal against Bernier and said, "We had 40-plus shots and played a really good game, but Bernier played a wonderful game. Give the Red Wings credit for doing what it took to keep us from getting the second goal." The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Red Wings who improved to 25-37-10 against a team in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 41-23-7 record and the No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan Division by just two points.


The Red Wings will now head to New York to face the Rangers on Tuesday to begin a five-game road trip. Only the Ottawa Senators (56) and Los Angeles Kings (58) are behind the Red Wings with 60 points.




The NHL Scores & Schedule

  • Sunday's Scores:

Buffalo Sabres 2, St. Louis BLues 1

Colorado Avalanche 3, New Jersey Devils 0

New York Islanders at Minnesota Wild

Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

Vancover Canucks at Dallas Stars

Florida Panthers at Anaheim Ducks

Edmonton Oilers at Las Vegas Knights


Monday's Games:

Arizona Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 pm)

Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks (8:20 pm)

Winnipeg Jets at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 pm)

Las Vegas Knights at San Jose Sharks (10:30 pm)


Saturday's Scores:

Detroit Red Wings 2, New York Islanders 1

Edmonton Oilers 3, Arizona Coyotes 2 (OT)

Boston Bruins 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

Carolina Hurricanes 4, Buffalo Sabers 2

Florida Panthers 4, Los Angeles Kings 3

Minnesota Wild 5, New York Rangers 2

Chicago Blackhawks 2, Montreal Canadiens 0

Ottawa Senators 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

St. Louis Blues 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Nashville Predators 4, San Jose Sharks 2

Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Washington Capitals 3

Winnipeg Jets 2, Calgary Flames 1



Brian Rolston selected to lead Little Caesars Amateur Hockey program

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 DETROIT (CCN) — Brian Rolston has been named as the new director of Little Caesars Amateur Hockey, according to an online story by Michigan Hockey Magazine. Rolston is a Michigan native who played 17 season in the NHL. Rolston, who won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, played at Lake Superior University after an amateur career in Michigan's Compuware travel hockey program.


Rolston, 46, was named to oversee strategic operations for 12 Little Caesars AAA clubs, the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League and the Little Caesars Farmington Hills Hockey Association Tier 2 program.

“Little Caesars is a premier hockey organization that has proven over many years they are the leader in youth hockey,” Rolston told Michigan Hockey Magazine. “I am proud to have the opportunity to lead such an elite organization. Little Caesars has developed countless elite players and I intend on continuing that culture moving forward.”


Kris Draper, Assistant to the General Manager for the Detroit Red Wings, was also quoted in the story. He said, "We are very fortunate to bring in Brian Rolston as the new Director of Little Caesars AAA hockey. Brian had a very successful NHL career and when it was over; he started giving back to our great game of hockey. We know he will take on his new role with the same passion he played and coached with.”


Rolston's son, Ryder, plays in Plymouth on Team USA's national development program. Jack Hughes plays there on the 18-&-under team and is the  consensus choice to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL draft. Ryder Rolston has scored 18 goals this season after scoring 26 times a year while dividing time between the 17-&-under and 18-&-under teams.