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Kane, Larkin supply heroics as Wings defeat Colorado 2-1 in OT

Ted Kulfin, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — All things considered the Red Wings earned an impressive two points Thursday night.

Coming back from a West Coast trip and playing a Stanley Cup contending opponent, the Wings rallied for a 2-1 overtime victory on Patrick Kane's 10th goal.

Dylan Larkin found a trailing Kane in the slot, and Kane beat goaltender Justus Annunen at 3 minutes 42 seconds to complete the comeback.

Larkin's power play goal, his 25th, tied the game 1-1 in the third period, while Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon scored his 34th goal in the second period, as the Wings ended a 10-game losing streak to the Avalanche dating to 2017.

Larkin took a pass from David Perron in the slot and batted a puck past Annunen at 12:02 of the third period, tying the game.

Coach Derek Lalonde and Wings players talked about how this would be a good litmus test for the Wings, playing a potential Stanley Cup finalist. The Wings fared well in the challenge.

 

"Great challenge," said Lalonde after the morning skate of facing the Avalanche. "I've alluded to it, we've put ourselves in a decent position here but it's going to be about us,and going getting it (a playoff position). There are opportunities."

Lalonde feels MacKinnon centering Jonathan Drouin and Mikko Rantanen could be one of the best lines in the NHL. They got the Avalanche on the scoreboard first.

Rantanen got possession of the puck in the corner and found MacKinnon driving down the slot. MacKinnon beat goaltender Alex Lyon high for his 34th goal, at 3:48 of the second period.

"It's the most dynamic first line in hockey," Lalonde said.

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