With a huge 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings last night, the Detroit Red Wings got a big boost toward extending their postseason streak to 22 years, the longest run in North American professional sports. And they can thank Jordin Tootoo, Inuit, for scoring the game-winning goal.
Tootoo, the first Inuit drafted into the NHL, is known more for dropping the gloves than shooting and scoring, but he tipped in a shot by Patrick Eaves from the point early in the third period for the go-ahead goal. The Rankin Inlet native now has 3 goals and 4 assists on the season, to go along with 78 penalty minutes.
With the win over the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Wings now sit in the 8th and final Western Conference playoff spot. Two games remain, and Columbus is one point behind.
The Kings Native players, Jordin Nolan, Ojibwe, and Dwight King, Métis, each were credited with a hit, but neither scored a point. The Kings have already clinched a playoff spot and are trying to hold on to the 4th seed.
Watch Tootoo's goal here: