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Tatar nets OT winner for Griffins

Grand Rapids captures 3-2 decision over Wolves

Sunday, 10.28.2012 / 10:34 PM ET / Recap
By Andrea Nelson  - Griffins Content Provider
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Tatar nets OT winner for Griffins

Rookie defenseman Adam Almquist races for a loose puck n the Griffins' 3-2 overtime win Sunday in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Wolves)

ROSEMONT, Ill. – A patient move by Tomas Tatar helped the Grand Rapids Griffins finish their first three-in-three of the season on a high note and defeat the Chicago Wolves 3-2 in overtime on Sunday at Allstate Arena.

Tatar extended his own point streak to a team-high four games with an assist in addition to his game-winning tally. It was the Griffins' second overtime game in as many days and fourth through their first seven games of the season.

After a strong save by Tom McCollum early in overtime, the Wolves were penalized for interfering with the Griffins goaltender. Forty-four seconds into the power play, Tatar showed great patience in front of the net, making several moves before netting the game-winning goal at 1:58.

Nathan Paetsch opened the scoring at 5:24 of the opening frame with his first goal as a Griffin. Paetsch followed up an odd-man advantage late and took a pass from Tatar before tucking the puck inside the left post, to give the Griffins a 1-0 lead. It was the first time Chicago trailed on home ice through their first five games at Allstate Arena.

Andrew Gordon evened the game up at one at 9:29 of the second period. Brett Sterling made a strong defensive play, sending the puck into Grand Rapids’ zone after blindly reaching and connecting with a pass that was behind him. Michael Davies chased the puck down to create a 2-on-1 advantage, and set up Gordon on the right side of the net for the tying score.

Jeff Hoggan put the Griffins back on top in the second period off of a rebound from his own shot. Landon Ferraro split the Wolves defenders with a pass to Hoggan coming up the left side, who showed a burst of speed at the blue line to move into scoring position. Hoggan’s first shot hit the post, but he stayed with the play and scored off of his own rebound, giving the Griffins a 2-1 lead at 16:17 of the second period.

The Wolves entered the third period trailing their opponent for the first time this season, but Kevin Connauton scored his team’s second power play goal of the year to tie the game at 2-2. Taking a pass from Alex Friesen, Connauton’s shot was wide left of the net, but the puck deflected off of the backboard and McCollum’s right leg for the tying score at 10:18 of the third period.

McCollum kept the score tied after a spectacular diving stop on the Wolves’ fourth power play of the game. Grand Rapids entered its second overtime game in two nights after both teams failed to break the 3-3 tie before Chad Billins, who is riding a four-game scoring streak of his own, found Tatar in front of the net to end the game in overtime.

The Griffins improve to 2-3-1-1 while the Wolves drop to 5-2-1-0 after losing their first home game of the season. Lack recorded 34 saves while McCollum earned the win behind 29 saves.

The Griffins will play their next three games on the road, traveling to San Antonio to play the Rampage Friday at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

THREE STARS: 1. GR Tatar (OT goal, assist); 2. CHI Sterling (two assists); 3. GR McCollum (W, 29 saves)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80