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WINGS POSTGAME: Larkin gets goal No. 30

The Detroit Red Wings, winners of four of their past five, traveled to Buffalo to face the Sabres on Thursday night. While the Red Wings hurt their draft lottery position, Dylan Larkin notched his 30th goal of the season in a 5-4 overtime win.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Red Wings got on the scoreboard first during a power play, as Tyler Bertuzzi re-directed an Anthony Mantha pass a little past the halfway mark of the first period.

  • Early in the second period, Filip Hronek gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead off a nice feed from Mantha.

  • Kyle Okposo broke the scoreless drought for the Sabres, wristing a shot past Jimmy Howard six minutes into the second.
  • Late in the second period, Marco Scandella tied the game at 2-2.
  • The Sabres owned much of the second period, out-attempting the Red Wings 14-8 and outshooting them 9-5 at 5 on 5.
  • At the 13:16 mark of the third period, Larkin outskated Jack Eichel and wristed a shot past Linus Ullmark to put the Red Wings up 3-2.

  • Mantha had a terrific night, with three assists.
  • Larkin scored his 30th goal of the season off a nice pass from Hronek to put the Red Wings up 4-2. It’s the first time in a decade a Red Wings player has scored 30 goals in a season.

  • Casey Mittelstadt cut the Red Wings’ lead to 4-3 about two minutes later.
  • Eichel tied the game at 4 just 41 seconds later, his 100th of his career.
  • In overtime, Taro Hirose continued his point streak, notching his fifth assist in five games. He dropped a pass to Danny DeKeyser, who got it to Bertuzzi for his second of the night. Bertuzzi also had a three-point game with an assist on Hronek’s goal.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The #LoseForHughes crowd certainly isn’t happy about this one (the Red Wings moved to 28th in the league after the win), but this was an exciting game from a #WatchTheKidsImprove standpoint. They show flashes of brilliance, but it’s also clear they have a long way to go in regards to closing out games.