Larkin’s OT goal gives Red Wings 4-3 win over Predators
Finally ... a win.
Dylan Larkin’s goal with 24.9 seconds left in overtime completed a comeback from a two-goal deficit and gave the Red Wings 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena
The win snapped a six-game losing streak (0-4-2) and also allowed Detroit to avoid its second seven-game losing streak of the season. The team went 0-5-2 to begin 2018-19.
“For us to play that way, especially going down 1-0 (actually 2-0, early in the second period), it speaks a lot to the guys in our room and the preparation we had going into tonight,” Larkin said.
Larkin scored on a backhand shot from the slot for his 18th goal. He has points in 15 of his last 16 games (8-11-19)
“I just saw daylight and felt like a running back and went to the net,” Larkin said. “And I saw a defenseman going down on one knee and I shot it before I got to him and I think it caught (Nashville goalie Pekka) Rinne off-guard.”
Tyler Bertuzzi had given the Wings a 3-2 lead with 8:03 left in the third period. But Predator Ryan Johansen tied it with 1:16 left and goalie Pekka Rinne pulled for the extra attacker.
Thomas Vanek, who played in his 1,000th career game Friday night, and Andreas Athanasiou also scored for Detroit. Rookie defenseman Filip Hronek had two assists – including the lone helper on Larkin’s OT winner – and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves.
The Wings had 39 shots on Rinne.
“This is huge,” Bertuzzi said. “They’re one of the best teams in the league, and it’s a big bounce back for us. And it shows we can play against the best teams in the league.”
The Red Wings trailed 2-0 on defenseman P.K. Subban’s goal late in the first period and Craig Smith’s tally early in the second before Athanasiou made it 2-1, 4:24 into the middle period on a spectacular effort.
Athanasiou, at full speed, of course, caught up to Hronek’s long flip pass – from the neutral zone – at the bottom of the right circle and put a backhand shot past Rinne into the top corner on the short side. It was Athanasiou’s 15th of the season, third in three games and fourth in five games.
Vanek then celebrated his career milestone by tying the game 2-2 with 6:25 remaining in the middle period on his seventh goal of the season.
Bertuzzi’s goal in the third period was a thing of beauty, thanks to Subban and Gustav Nyquist. Subban turned the puck over deep in his own zone in the left wing corner. Nyquist picked it up, skated in front of the net and made a nifty behind-the-back cross-crease pass to Bertuzzi, who tapped it into the open side of the net for his 10th goal.
Anthony Mantha returned after missing 15 games with a broken hand.