Larkin scores twice as U.S. beats Canada in shootout at Worlds
Dylan Larkin had an outstanding International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship tournament in 2017, and he is off to a great start in this year’s tournament as well.
Larkin, a center, scored two goals in Team USA’s 5-4 shootout win over Canada on Friday in the opening game of the tournament for both teams in Herning, Denmark.
Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored twice in the shootout, and U.S. goalie Keith Kincaid made 40 saves and stopped five of six SO shots.
Kincaid was named the player of the game.
Larkin, 22, who is from Waterford and led the Red Wings with 63 points this past season, had two goals and 10 points in the 2017 World Championships and was plus-8 in eight games.
The 22-year-old Wateford native, who is an alternate U.S. captain, also had a goal in a 3-2 exhibition win over Denmark on Tuesday.
“I want to win,” Larkin told the Detroit News shortly after the Wings’ season ended. “I want to keep playing, and with the passing of (USA hockey Executive) Jim Johannsson and the efforts we’ve seen from USA Hockey, we want to go over there and win.”
Team USA rallied back from a 2-0 deficit on Friday.
Larkin scored his first goal 43 seconds into the second period to tie the game at 2-2. His second gave the U.S. a 4-3 lead, 3:27 into the third period.
But defenseman Colton Parayko tied it 4-4 with 9:12 remaining in regulation.
The United States is coached by Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill.
“Early in the game wasn’t so great,” Blashill said on the IIHF website. “Keith (Kincaid) kept us in the game. I thought we got better as the time went along. Taking nothing away from our other guys, I thought in the end Keith was our best player.”
Canada is coached by former Detroit assistant Bill Peters, who was just named as Calgary’s head coach.
Forwards Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) and Anders Lee (New York Islanders) also scored for Team USA while forward Alex DeBrincat (Farmington Hills) and defenseman Jordan Oesterle (Dearborn Heights) of the Chicago Blackhawks each had an assist.
Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes – projected to be a top 10 pick in the NHL Draft in June – was one of the shooters in the shootout but did not score against Canada goalie Darcy Kuemper.
Also on the team of local interest are Detroit defenseman Nick Jensen and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (Rochester Hills). Denmark features Red Wings center Frans Nielsen.
The United States plays Denmark at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.