Oh what a simpler time 2015 was, especially for Detroit Red Wings fans. We still had captain Henrik Zetterberg at the helm. Niklas Kronwall’s knees hadn’t become glass just yet. The Magic Man Pavel Datsyuk was still wowing the world with Datsyukian Dekes when his health allowed. And a youngster by the name of Dylan Larkin was bursting onto the scene and showing what he was made of.
Larkin was a question mark around the league heading into the regular season, but Red Wings fans knew immediately he was something special. His speed, puck control, and shot quickly shuttled him up to top minutes with Detroit. He immediately had an impact for Detroit, scoring in his NHL debut on opening night 2015 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After taking a sweet backhand pass from Zetterberg, Larkin carried towards the Leafs’ net. Without any fancy stickhandling, and a defender bearing down on him to block, Larkin shot. It was a laser wrist shot that found the top-corner and beat goaltender Jonathan Bernier for his first ever NHL goal.
Let’s hope that Larkin has some similar scoring luck tonight, when the Red Wings open their season against the Columbus Blue Jackets. GO WINGS!
THROWBACK: Red Wings put 7 through Patrick Roy in game 7 rout [VIDEO]
It’s a moment almost all Detroit Red Wings fans remember, a moment as iconic as the Brawl in Hockeytown. The night Detroit embarrassed the Colorado Avalanche en route to the Stanley Cup Final. An already heated series by the most intense rivalry in professional sports made even more so by the skill level of both teams.
After a scare for the Red Wings after game 5, going down 3 games to 2, Detroit managed to rally and force a game 7 with the Avalanche. Everyone expected a reasonably close game, as the rest of the series had been. Boy would they be shocked, much to the delight of Detroit fans everywhere.
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