Larkin’s shootout goal gives Red Wings 3-2 win over Senators
Larkin scored the only goal in the shootout to give Detroit a 3-2 victory over the skidding Ottawa Senators on Friday night.
The Red Wings have won two in a row for the first time since Dec. 12-14. It also was their third win in five games, a feat they hadn’t accomplished since Nov. 8-16.
“He’s kept us in countless games, whether we lose or win,” Detroit teammate Tyler Bertuzzi said about Bernier. “I know he’s going to keep giving us those opportunities to win. If we can score some goals, we’ll keep getting wins.”
Bernier, who began the season as Jimmy Howard’s backup, has been in goal for all eight Detroit wins since Oct. 29.
“It feels great,” he said.
Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist, and Larkin also scored in regulation. Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek had two assists.
“I thought we got on the forecheck, we tracked the puck and we were good in the D zone,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “On the whole, I thought we played well enough to win.”
White’s power-play goal with 9:18 left in the second period tied it at 2. He tipped in defenseman Mike Reilly’s shot from the point for his fourth goal.
Larkin’s power-play goal 5:32 into the middle period gave Detroit a 2-0 lead. He skated through three Ottawa players in the neutral zone and the Senators end and stuffed the puck past 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,” Larkin said. “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.”
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 Red Wings defenseman Patrik Nemeth. It was Tkachuk’s 14th goal.
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.
NOTES: Ottawa hired Jim Little as CEO on Friday. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk had been the team’s CEO. Little will be responsible for business strategy, focusing on marketing and community relations. … Senators D Ron Hainsey returned after sustaining a lower-body injury on Dec. 19. … Larkin stretched his point streak to five games (two goals, three assists).
Senators: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Red Wings: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.