Dylan Larkin's overtime goal lifts Detroit Red Wings to 3-2 win over Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. — As they've worked their way into the playoff picture, the Detroit Red Wings have grown accustomed to playing from behind.

They did so again Wednesday at Amerant Bank Arena, taking on their Atlantic Division rival Florida Panthers. The Wings trailed by a goal going into the third period, but extended their point streak to seven consecutive games and earned a 3-2 victory when Dylan Larkin scored in overtime.

The victory edged the Wings into third place in the Atlantic Division.

Alex Lyon made 32 saves through regulation against his former team. Michael Rasmussen provided a second-period goal, his 10th of the season and used his big frame in the third period to win a puck battle and set up Robby Fabbri's 13th goal of the season. Defenseman Olli Määttä assisted on both goals.

Patrick Kane was unavailable because of a lower-body injury but the Panthers were also without one of their best players in Aleksander Barkov (injured).

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Jan 17, 2024; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at Amerant Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2024; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at Amerant Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Penalties galore

Lyon was strong early, before the first period degenerated into a parade to the penalty box. J.T. Compher and Ryan Lomberg traded roughing penalties at 10:54; a minute later, Ben Chiarot and Matthew Tkachuk got into it in a scrum by Detroit's goal. Less than a minute after that, Brandon Montour was called for slashing Shayne Gostisbehere, sending the Wings on a power play.

Gostisbehere had the Wings'' only chance during the man advantage, ripping a slap shot that Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside. Gostisbehere was sent off for roughing at 16:45, and Lyon turned away Montour's shot during the Panthers' power play.

Wings give up shortie

Montour landed in the penalty box again four minutes into the second period, sending the Wings on a second power play. Daniel Sprong gave the puck away on the first man-advantage shift but the costlier one was the second one. Attempting to move the puck into Florida's zone, Larkin lost the puck to Dmitry Kulikov, who set in motion a play that ended with Sam Reinhart scoring at 5:38.

1933429780.jpg SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 17: Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Florida Panthers defends the net against a shot by Michael Rasmussen #27 of the Detroit Red Wings during second period action at the Amerant Bank Arena on January 17, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
1933429780.jpg SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 17: Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Florida Panthers defends the net against a shot by Michael Rasmussen #27 of the Detroit Red Wings during second period action at the Amerant Bank Arena on January 17, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Momentum swings

Andrew Copp extended his point streak to five games (assist, then goals in three straight outings coming into Wednesday) with a strong couple shifts in the second period. He fired a shot that was blocked by Oliver Ekman-Larsson and ended up in the netting. On the ensuing faceoff, Copp won the draw against Kevin Stenlund, and Määttä picked up the puck. He fired a shot that Rasmussen tipped with his stick, tying the game at 11:40. The momentum lasted just 16 seconds, though, as the Panthers came right back and moved ahead on a goal from Gustav Forsling.

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Next up: Hurricanes

Matchup: Red Wings (23-16-5 entering Wednesday) vs. Carolina (24-14-5).

Faceoff: 7 p.m. Friday; Little Caesars Arena, Detroit.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Dylan Larkin's OT goal lifts Detroit Red Wings to 3-2 win vs. Panthers

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