Wings lose 5-4 in OT to Blackhawks after third-period rally
At least Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha made sure the Red Wings got a point on Wednesday night.
That trio provided Detroit’s offense in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena. Larkin had two goals and an assist, Athanasiou scored twice and Mantha picked up four assists.
Patrick Kane’s second goal of the game, with 2:18 left in the extra period, gave the Blackhawks the win after the Wings scored three times in the third period to send the game into OT. It was Kane’s 38th goal of the season and came on a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle. He extended his scoring streak to 19 games (18-24-42), but his assist streak ended at 17 games.
Only Wayne Gretzky (23 games in 1990-91) and Adam Oates (18 in 1992-93) have had longer assist streaks in NHL history.
“Kane might be the best player in the world, and his line is going to get you spread out,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “Once they do that, you are just running around and chasing the puck.”
Athanasiou tied the game 4-4 with 1:26 left in regulation with goalie Jonathan Bernier pulled for the extra attacker. Athanasiou drilled in a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle. It was his 22nd goal of the season.
Athanasiou brought Detroit to within 4-3 with a power-play goal 5:23 into the third when he jammed a bouncing puck in off of Ward.
Larkin had made it 4-2, 1:04 earlier with his second goal of the game and team-leading 26th of the season. He scored on a one-time shot from the bottom of the left circle, converting Trevor Daly’s pass from behind the net.
“(Comeback) meant a lot. We weren’t happy with how we had played for two periods,” Larkin said. “ … The way we played in the third period shows character … We came up just short.”
It was the Red Wings’ third consecutive loss (0-2-1).
Chicago scored on four of its first eight shots, chasing Jimmy Howard in the process.
“We had some chances and we didn’t capitalize on them,” Athanasiou said. “They got their chances and made the most of them, and it kind of puts us behind the eight-ball early. Obviously, that’s not something we want to do.”
Artim Anisimov opened the scoring just 1:39 into the game when he stole the puck from rookie defenseman Filip Hronek behind the Detroit net and put a backhand wrap-around shot in off of Howard’s pads.
Larkin tied it at 1, at 6:37 with his first goal of the night. He whipped a loose puck past Cam Ward from the inside edge of the right circle.
But Brandon Saad put the Blackhawks back ahead with 7:56 left in the opening period on a wrist shot from the right circle. Farmington Hills native Eric DeBrincat got his 33rd goal of the season, from around the same area, with 3:09 remaining in the first period.
Kane’s first goal of the evening sent Howard to the showers just 1:17 into the second period when Chicagoan scored on a 2-on-1 rush with captain Jonathan Toews.
Bernier, who made 11 saves, then replaced Howard.
“I didn’t think we were ready from the start,” Mantha said. “But the comeback showed character.”
Chicago (26-26-9) is 10-2-0 in its last 12 games and in the mix for the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference after seemingly having no chance at the playoffs six weeks ago.
“It's hard to give up a lead like that, but we got the two points and that's all that is important at this point of the season,” DeBrincat said. “We have to respond better than that when we've got a 4-1 lead in the third period, so we'll have to work on that.”