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Larkin scores two, Red Wings whip Canucks

Detroit posts second successive victory

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With Dylan Larkin scoring twice, the Red Wings beat Vancouver on Saturday.

Saturday hockey in February appears to agree with Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin. In a matinee game on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena, Larkin scored twice as the Red Wings dumped the Vancouver Canucks 5-2.

Last Saturday, Larkin wound up scoring five times for the champion Atlantic Divison at the NHL All-Star Game in Florida. He netted two goals in their semifinal win over the Metropolitan Division and potted a hat-trick in the final against the Pacific Division.

Larkin, who is leading the Red Wings with 18 goals, opened the scoring and then Jonatan Berggren made it 2-0 by the 2:35 mark of the first period. It was the first time Detroit has enjoyed a two-goal lead in the first period of a game since the Red Wings were up 3-1 after 20 minutes of their 7-5 home-ice win over the Winnipeg Jets on January 10.

Larkin and Vancouver’s Anthony Beauvillier were trading second-period power-play goals. Filip Hronek and Berggren, with his second of the game, scored in the third period for Detroit. Elias Pettersson countered for the Canucks. Vancouver defenseman Quinn Hughes was foiled on a third-period penalty shot.

Defensemen Ben Chiarot and Moritz Seider each contributed two assists to Detroit’s cause. Seider now has 15 points (1-14-15) over his last 13 games.

Raymond Misses Game For Red Wings

Detroit was playing without two key performers. Left-winger Lucas Raymond, who normally skates alongside Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi on the club’s top forward line, was out with a suspected lower-body injury. His injury came in Friday’s practice following an accidental colliison with Chiarot.

Second on the Red Wings with 15 goals, second-year forward Raymond was missing the first NHL game of his career. He’d played 132 in a row prior to Saturday’s absence.

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Jake Walman, who normally gets delopyment alongside Seider in Detroit’s top defensive pairing, was also out of action. He’s suffering from an upper-body injury. Walman was injured in a shoulder-to-shoulder collision with Calgary defenseman Nikita Zadorov in Thursday’s 2-1 Detroit victory over the Flames. The Detroit defender underwent offseason shoulder surgery,

Both players are showing on the injury report as day-to-day.