Larkin leaves with injury in Wings' 3-2 OT win over Leafs
The Red Wings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Friday night on defenseman Danny DeKeyser’s overtime goal. But the celebration was tempered by an injury to leading scorer Dylan Larkin.
Larkin appeared to be favoring his upper right side about a minute before DeKeyser’s game-winner. He was still bent over when he came off the ice and headed down the tunnel towards the Detroit dressing room.
“I don't have an update on Dylan other than it is an upper-body injury,” coach Jeff Blashill said after the game. “We'll know more tomorrow, but he will travel” – to Ottawa for Saturday night’s game – “and we hope he'll play.”
Larkin gave the Wings a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal with 6:27 left in the third period. He ripped a one-timer off the shoulder of Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen and into the net for his team-leading 22nd goal and team-best 49th point.
A few minutes later, Patrick Marleau’s goal with 2:19 left in regulation and Andersen pulled for the extra attacker tied it at 2-2, sending the game into overtime.
The goal came when Auston Matthews’ fluttering pass attempt went in off Marleau’s glove.
But the Wings didn’t quit, and with 2:19 left in OT, DeKeyser put in a pass from Gustav Nyquist for the game winner. DeKeyser shot it from below the bottom of the right circle.
Nyquist had a goal and an assist, while Andreas Athanasiou assisted on all three Detroit goals.
“I think we played well for 60 (minutes)-plus,” said Jimmy Howard, who made 19 saves.
Both teams were coming off their league-mandated five-day break and the All-Star Break.
“It is great to get a win after that long break,” Nyquist said. “We were doing some good things before it, but you never know how things will change after nine days off. I thought we came out with a huge amount of energy, which is just what we needed.”
Nyquist gave the Wings a 1-0 lead 8:14 into the second period when he put in a loose puck from the bottom of the right circle for his 12th goal of the season.
But Matthews tied it at 1 for Toronto with 1:49 left in the middle period on a wrist shot from the inside edge of the left circle. It was his 22nd goal.
Tyler Bertuzzi missed the game with an upper-body injury. He is also expected to miss Saturday night’s game.
… Defenseman Jake Muzzin made his Maple Leafs debut after being acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Kings.