Dylan Larkin made a little history Saturday in the Music City.
Larkin, the Detroit Red Wings left winger and most recent cover boy of The Hockey News, broke a 20-year-old mark for his skating prowess at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Larkin completed a lap in 13.172 seconds, breaking then-Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Mike Gartner’s record of 13.386 seconds back in 1996.
Gartner’s record was established six months before Larkin, 19, was even born. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Larkin became a trending topic on Twitter in Canada. His efforts also earned him some respect from another speedster, former NHLer Cliff Ronning.
However, Larkin’s record does come with an asterisk.
When Gartner established his mark 20 years ago in Boston, he was required to start from a static position at center ice. Larkin was permitted to have a skating start from the blueline. The clock only started ticking once he crossed the red line.
Still, it was an impressive performance in Nashville for the freshman, who has 15 goals and 33 points in 48 games.
When Tomas Jurco played for the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs, the Slovakian winger wowed crowds and fans everywhere with his ability to handle the puck. Jurco is still trying to find the same type of scoring touch he had in major junior in the NHL, but he showed a flash of his puck-handling brilliance Saturday night.
The Red Wings were trailing the Ducks 2-1 in the second period when Detroit broke up ice 3-on-2. After Red Wings blueliner Brendan Smith drew Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf in before slipping a pass to Detroit winger Gustav Nyquist, who then moved it almost immediately over to Jurco. Nyquist’s pass gave Jurco a partial breakaway, and the 23-year-old shook Anaheim netminder John Gibson with a gorgeous move: Read more
Dylan Larkin may not be the leading rookie scorer, but the Red Wings freshman is making more than a fair case to take home rookie of the year honors.
Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres, Larkin was all over the ice, as he has been all season for Detroit. The Red Wings dominated the contest through two periods, but the game remained scoreless until Larkin notched the game’s opening goal eight minutes into the third frame after collecting a loose puck to the left of Buffalo Sabres netminder Robin Lehner. The goal was an important one — the game-winner — but Larkin’s best piece of work came on the Red Wings’ insurance goal.
Five minutes after he opened the scoring, Larkin made a spectacular play to find a seam in the Sabres defense and thread a perfect pass onto the tape of Henrik Zetterberg, which the Red Wings captain made no mistake on: Read more
The Red Wings are attempting to chase down the Atlantic Division leading Panthers, but if they’re going to catch Florida in the next few weeks, Detroit will have to do so without the services of Niklas Kronwall and Drew Miller.
It was announced Tuesday that both Kronwall and Miller will be out with knee injuries, but the timelines for the two players are vastly different. Kronwall, 35, will be sidelined for 2-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, while Miller, 31, may have played his final game this season. He’ll need repairs to a meniscus in his knee and reconstructive surgery on his ACL that will force him out of action for 4-6 months. Read more
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: Read more
The NHL’s new review system is all about taking the time necessary to get the call right. That’s why we’ve had delays lasting several minutes on potential offside plays, reviews on goaltender interference and a second look at shots that have come out of the net as fast as they went in. Sunday night, though, Detroit Red Wings winger Riley Sheahan scored a goal that will never be added to his point totals.
Sheahan had picked up a puck in the Anaheim zone midway through the first period Sunday and rifled a seemingly innocuous shot on goal. Sheahan’s wrister managed to get past Ducks goaltender John Gibson, though, but appeared to tip off the crossbar and out of play. The play was whistled dead, but during the commercial break the officials began to review Sheahan’s shot.
“I was a little confused about what we were looking at,” Sheahan told the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James.
Turns out they were looking at Sheahan’s seventh goal of the season, but no one knew until the start of the second frame. Read more
About the only smarter thing the Dallas Stars did than signing Jim Nill to a five-year extension was signing him to run their hockey operations in the first place three years ago. To be sure, the Stars have benefited from Nill, who like most prospects produced by the Detroit Red Wings, was over-ripe when he took the job in Dallas.
The Stars cemented their commitment to Nill on Friday when they announced they’ve signed him to a five-year contract extension. Because he’s only two years into the five-year contract he inked with Dallas in 2013, it’s essentially a seven-year commitment that has Nill and the Stars inexorably linked until 2023. You can’t do these kinds extensions of with players anymore because the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t allow it. But you can do it with your front office and the smart teams know how important it is to devote your resources to good people.
Petr Mrazek has taken over as the Red Wings’ starting goaltender this season and has steadily been either one of or the best player Detroit ices. And while the score sheet won’t show that Mrazek factored into the game-winning goal Thursday, anyone watching will remember that it was the 23-year-old netminder who made the Red Wings’ victory happen.
With seven minutes remaining in the contest, Sharks winger Patrick Marleau forced a turnover deep in the Red Wings’ zone which turned into an incredible chance for Joel Ward to give San Jose the lead. Ward, alone in front, made a quick move to beat Mrazek, but the Red Wings goaltender made an incredible stick save that kept the puck out of the net.
After Mrazek’s remarkable save, the Red Wings turned the puck up ice and 12 seconds later Justin Abdelkader blasted home what would stand as the game-winning goal: Read more