Larkin’s shootout goal gives Red Wings 3-2 win over Senators
The Red Wings won their second straight game – and third in five – with a 3-2 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.
Dylan Larkin scored the only goal of the shootout while Jonathan Bernier denied Tyler Ennis, Anthony Duclair and Artem Anisimov after making 29 saves in regulation and overtime.
Bernier, who started the season as Jimmy Howard’s backup, has been in goal for all eight Detroit wins since Oct. 29.
“He’s kept us in countless games, whether we lose or win,” the Tyler Bertuzzi said. “I know he’s going to keep giving us those opportunities to win. If we can score some goals, we’ll keep getting wins.”
Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist and Larkin also scored in regulation. Defenseman Filip Hronek had two assists.
Detroit plays three of its next six games at home.
“We’ve talked about it so much. We just need something to grab on to,” Larkin said. “I really do believe that we can be a great team at home. We’ve seen it. With our schedule coming up here before the big all-star break, we can get on a roll here and keep it going into the end of the season. It feels good in the locker room with these wins, and we need to keep that good feeling going.”
Colin White’s power-play goal with 9:18 left in the second period tied it 2-2 for Ottawa.
Larkin’s power-play goal 5:32 into the middle period had given Detroit a 2-0 lead. He skated through three Ottawa players in the neutral zone and the Senators end and stuffed the puck past Marcus Hogberg as Larkin cut across the top of the crease from right to left. It was his 11th goal.
“I used my speed to go around the defenseman, and it kind of just opened up,” said Larkin, who stretched his point streak to five games (2-3-5). “I knew I was cutting to the far post and trying to get across there. It was a good play by the other guys to drop it back to me.”
Brady Tkackuk put Ottawa on the board just 22 seconds later when his attempted pass from the side of the net went in off the skate of Wings defenseman Patrik Nemeth.
Bertuzzi gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead with 5:05 left in the first period when he tipped in Hronek’s shot/pass. It was Bertuzzi’s 16th goal.