Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings did not get off to a hot start on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils, but they sure did finish the game strong as they picked up their second win in as many games to start the 2022-23 season.
After being outshot and going down 1-0 to the Devils in the first period, the Red Wings just kept battling before breaking out for four goals in the second period and one in the third to secure a 5-2 win.
Dylan Larkin loved the veteran leadership on Saturday
Following the game, Larkin stressed how important it was to have the veterans on the team being vocal about finishing strong.
“You see the first two games, we still have a lot of work on which is good news, it's exciting though, and exciting for me,” captain Dylan Larkin said. “Last year a game like this would have been a lot closer. Our veteran leadership, guys who've been in big situations throughout their careers, really stepped up vocally on the bench and really hammering to play the right way the last 20 minutes.”Via Ted Kulfan – Detroit Free Press
The Red Wings did finish the game strong as they were able to play stout defense and shut out the Devils in the third period.
What did Dylan Larkin say about his ‘pretty special' moment?
With just 0.8 seconds remaining in the second period, and the Red Wings leading 3-2, Larkin ripped a shot past a stickless Devils' goalie Vitek Vanecek to put the game at 4-2 heading into the final period.
“I knew Copper (Copp) was going to get it (the puck) back and I actually didn't know how much time was left,” Larkin said. “Thankfully I shot it. Filip Hronek was behind me screaming for it. It was nice to score that one and be facing Copper and embracing him like the old days (at Michigan).
“It was a pretty special moment.”Via Ted Kulfan – Detroit Free Press
The Red Wings get Sunday off before hosting the Los Angeles Kings (1-2) on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena.
10/17 vs. Los Angeles Kings 7:00 p.m.
10/21 @ Chicago Blackhawks 8:30 p.m.
10/23 vs. Anaheim Ducks 5:30 p.m.