Sens' losing skid extends to 6 games after Red Wings take shootout
Dylan Larkin's heroics prove decisive for Detroit in 2nd consecutive win
Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings have their first winning streak in almost a month.
Larkin scored the only goal in the shootout to give Detroit a 3-2 victory over the skidding Ottawa Senators on Friday night.
The Red Wings have won two in a row for the first time since Dec. 12-14. It also was their third win in five games, a feat they hadn't accomplished since Nov. 8-16.
Jonathan Bernier stopped Tyler Ennis, Anthony Duclair and Artem Anisimov in the tiebreaker after making 29 saves in regulation and overtime.
"He's kept us in countless games, whether we lose or win," Detroit teammate Tyler Bertuzzi said about Bernier. "I know he's going to keep giving us those opportunities to win. If we can score some goals, we'll keep getting wins."
Bernier, who began the season as Jimmy Howard's backup, has been in goal for all eight Detroit wins since Oct. 29.
"It feels great," he said.
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Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist, and Larkin also scored in regulation. Red Wings defenceman Filip Hronek had two assists.
Colin White had a goal and an assist and Brady Tkachuk also scored for Ottawa, which lost its season-high sixth straight (0-4-2). Marcus Hogberg stopped 26 shots.
"I thought we got on the forecheck, we tracked the puck and we were good in the D zone," Senators coach D.J. Smith said. "On the whole, I thought we played well enough to win."
White's power-play goal with 9:18 left in the second period tied it at 2. He tipped in defenceman Mike Reilly's shot from the point for his fourth goal.
Larkin's power-play goal 5:32 into the middle period gave Detroit a 2-0 lead. He skated through three Ottawa players in the neutral zone and the Senators end and stuffed the puck past Hogberg as Larkin cut across the top of the crease from right to left. It was his 11th goal.
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"I used my speed to go around the defenceman and it kind of just opened up," Larkin said. "I knew I was cutting to the far post and trying to get across there. It was a good play by the other guys to drop it back to me."
Tkackuk put Ottawa on the board just 22 seconds later when his attempted pass from the side of the net went in off the skate of Red Wings defenceman Patrik Nemeth. It was Tkachuk's 14th goal.
Bertuzzi gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead with 5:05 left in the first period when he tipped in Hronek's shot-pass. It was Bertuzzi's 16th goal.