Detroit Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin may not be leading all freshmen in scoring, but he’s looking more and more like a safe bet to win the Calder Trophy with each passing game. Thursday night, Larkin added to his season-long highlight-reel.
Larkin’s heroics came in overtime after Detroit had staged a comeback in the third period to tie their tilt with the Coyotes 2-2. With two minutes gone in the extra frame, Larkin scooped up a puck in the Detroit zone, flew across center ice, blew past fellow rookie Max Domi with a brilliant deke and got a great chance on net. Larkin wasn’t done there, though:
There are some players who would have flown by the puck after attempting to score on the partial break, but Larkin was right back on top of the puck. After making a move and slipping between Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Martin Hanzal, Larkin made a slick backhand pass to defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who ripped the overtime winner over the shoulder of Coyotes netminder Louis Domingue.
Larkin’s helper gives him an even 30 points on the season and puts him one point back of second-place rookie scorer Domi and nine behind Chicago’s Artemi Panarin. Even though he’s third in scoring, though, it’s hard to deny that Larkin has been one of the most thrilling rookies this season. His combination of speed and skill has been remarkable to watch, and he’s tied for the team lead in scoring with Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. That’s no small feat on a generally veteran-laden club.