DETROIT (AP) — Larkins OT winner ends winless steak at 6.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 04: Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings reacts to his game-winning overtime goal to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 at Little Caesars Arena on January 04, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Larkin scored with 24.9 seconds left in overtime as Detroit rallied from a two goal deficit to defeat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Friday night and snap a six-game winless (0-4-2) skid.
The Red Wings went 0-5-2 to begin the season.
“For us to play that way, especially going down 1-0 (actually 2-0, early in the second period), it speaks a lot to the guys in our room and the preparation we had going into tonight,” Larkin said.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 04: Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings reacts to his game-winning overtime goal to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 at Little Caesars Arena on January 04, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Larkin, who has points in 15 of his last 16 games (8-11-19) beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne with a backhander from the slot as he cut in from the left point. It was Larkin’s 18th goal.
“I just saw daylight and felt like a running back and went to the net,” Larkin said.  “And I saw a defenseman going down on one knee and I shot it before I got to him and I think it caught Rinne off-guard.”
It was his fourth OT winner of the season.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 02: Andreas Athanasiou #72 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a second-period penalty shot goal in front of Mike Smith #41 of the Calgary Flames at Little Caesars Arena on January 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Calgary won the game 4-3.
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Andreas Athanasiou, Thomas Vanek, and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit.  Defenseman Filip Hronek had two assists and Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots.
Defenseman P.K. Subban, Craig Smith, and Ryan Johansen scored for Nashville. Rinne made 35 saves.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 04: P.K. Subban #76 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his first-period goal with teammates while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on January 04, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

“We were awful from start to finish. We lost every 50-50 puck battle, and Pekka was the only reason we got a point,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.  “We had three or four guys who came willing to work and 15 that didn’t, and that’s never going to work in this league.”
Johansen tied it 3-3 with 1:16 left in regulation and Rinne pulled for the extra attacker. Johansen’s eighth goal of the season came on a shot from the left circle.
Bertuzzi gave the Red Wings a 3-2 lead with 8:03 left in the third period. He tapped in a backhand goal-mouth pass from Gustav Nyquist after a turnover by Subban deep in his own zone. It was Bertuzzi’s 10th goal.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 04: Tyler Bertuzzi #59 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his third-period goal with teammates while playing the Nashville Predators at Little Caesars Arena on January 04, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Vanek, playing in his 1,000th career game, tied it at 2, with 6:25 left in the second period. It was Vanek’s seventh goal.
Athanasiou put the Red Wings on the board 4:24 into the second with his 15th goal.
Smith gave the Predators a 2-0 lead 3:01 into the middle period with his 12th goal.

It appeared that defenseman Anthony Bitetto had given Nashville a 3-2 lead with 5:15 left in the second period. But Detroit challenged goaltender interference and the goal was overturned.
Subban gave Nashville a 1-0 lead with 2:24 left in the first period with his third goal.
The Predators did not get their first shot of the game until less than seven minutes remaining in the opening period. The Red Wings had 10 shots at that point.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 02: Jacob de la Rose #61 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a first-period goal with teammates while playing the Calgary Flames at Little Caesars Arena on January 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

NOTES: Detroit RW Anthony Mantha returned after missing 15 games with a broken hand. … Vanek was saluted during a stoppage of play in the first period. … LW Phillip Di Giuseppe made his Nashville debut after being claimed on waivers from Carolina on Tuesday.
UP NEXT
Nashville: Visits Montreal on Saturday.
Detroit: Hosts Washington on Sunday.
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