DETROIT — There was a lot that went on during Saturday's Red Wings game and most it wasn't good for the Wings.
The Wings lost, 5-1, to Ottawa, but in the larger scheme of things there were more significant issues for the Wings.
Captain Dylan Larkin was injured in the first period on a scary play that resulted in Larkin laying motionless on the ice before slowly getting to his knees and gingerly skating off the ice.
Larkin was crosschecked in the head and neck area by Ottawa's Mathieu Joseph before falling into Ottawa's Parker Kelly and getting hit again near the upper body.
Larkin has a history of neck injuries. Larkin was crosschecked by Dallas forward Jamie Benn in the neck area in 2021. Larkin was hospitalized and spent eight weeks in a cervical collar after being cross-checked by Benn.
Joseph also hit Larkin near the neck in the 2021-22 season-opener. Christian Fischer fought Joseph off a faceoff in the third period, much to the delight of the raucous Little Caesars Arena crowd.
The Wings announced in the second period Saturday that Larkin was being evaluated by medical staff and would not return to the game.
On the play, Wings forward David Perron was given a match penalty with intent to injure after crosschecking Ottawa's Artem Zub during the melee after Larkin was injured.
Joseph and Kelly were given minor penalties on the play.
On the resulting power play — the Wings were on the power play at the time of Larkin's injury — Patrick Kane scored his first goal as a Wing, whistling a shot past goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, tying the score 1-1.
But that would be the lone offense the Wings could produce.
Claude Giroux (power play), Vladimir Tarasenko (power play), Dominik Kubalik, Tim Stutzle and Jake Sanderson (empty net, from the length of the ice) had Senators goals.
Ottawa scored three times in the second period, breaking the 1-1 tie, solving goaltender Alex Lyon, who saw his personal four-game winning streak end.
Lyon stopped 21 of 25 shots before being replaced by James Reimer to begin the third period.
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