Jan Tatar, a former soccer player and father of Red Wings winger Tomas Tatar, died on Friday of a liver ailment at the age of 60. The next day, his son scored the game-winning goal on a rebound against the Kings, honoring his father with a tribute after the score.
Sometimes, when a family member dies, people want to be distracted by other things. From the AP report:
"That game and that goal was for him," Tatar said. "I felt he was with us the whole game. It wasn't easy, but the guys helped me a lot. They helped me think about stuff other than my dad."
"I was hoping he could make it through," Tatar said. "I just wanted to work as hard as I could for my dad. This game was for him."
Tatar will return home to attend his father's funeral next week. He was picked to play for Slovakia in next month's Olympics, but he wasn't sure if his father was aware of that before he died.