In a crucial game against the Washington Capitals, the Detroit Red Wings faced adversity early on as their Captain Dylan Larkin was given a game misconduct. However, the team rallied together and put in a solid performance to secure a crucial 3-1 win. With the playoff race heating up. The Red Wings showed their resilience and determination to come out on top in a must-win game. Detroit sits only two points behind the Florida Panthers for the final wild card spot with four games in hand.
The first period took a sudden turn for Detroit. Captain Dylan Larkin was ejected in the first period due to a cross-checking penalty on T.J Oshie. Despite the incident being accidental, Larkin was assessed a five minute major plus a game misconduct forcing him to leave the game.
Head Coach Derek Lalonde talked about Detroit battling despite losing the Larkin, and just how important this win was for their playoff aspirations. “Great road trip, finished off by a really good effort tonight. Obviously not ideal losing larks early on. Everyone kind of stepped up a little bit more. We managed our game great. Ville was huge. Just you know, something I hope we can build off, cause that was a pretty gutsy win.”
SUTER is SOARING’
Red Wings’ Forward Pius Suter has been instrumental in the recent success for Detroit. Scoring five goals in the last five games and earning a promotion to the first line after Captain Dylan Larkin’s early exit. Suter’s impressive two-way style has provided a much-needed boost during this critical stretch of games. Suter said postgame “this was a huge game, Larks being out in the first period, everybody got little more ice time stepped up big and got the two points.”
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