Dylan Larkin on Friday continued his impressive rookie season, albeit after appearing to sacrifice one of his teeth.
The 19-year-old Larkin scored his 15th goal of the season, which turned out to be the winner for the Detroit Red Wings in their 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Sabres coach Dan Bylsma used his challenge to review if the play was offside, but his attempt was unsuccessful and the goal stood.
The Red Wings broke the game open midway through the third period, when the puck found its way to Larkin as he circled the net and wired it by Robin Lehner. Detroit scored three times in the final eight minutes of the game, with Larkin adding an assist as well.
The shift before he scored, Larkin took a stick to the mouth and appeared to lose a tooth.
It appears to be déjà vu for Milan Michalek.
The Ottawa Senators announced that Michalek suffered a broken finger on his right hand and is now out indefinitely. The 31-year-old forward left Friday’s game against the New York Islanders late in the second period and didn’t return.
Michalek has gone through this already in 2015-16. He suffered a broken index finger on his right hand at the beginning of December, and didn’t return to the Ottawa lineup until Jan. 7.
The Florida Panther stepped up the physical play against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, as seen with this massive hit from Erik Gudbranson on Teuvo Teravainen in the second period.
Gudbranson stepped up on Teravainen at the blue line and sent the 21-year-old forward flying.
There was no call on the hit, however Chicago’s defenseman Brent Seabrook stepped in a few seconds later and cross checked Gudbranson to the ice, earning himself a minor penalty.
New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller scored two goals in the span of 2:10 on Friday, and his second was a fine piece of thievery on Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin.
Slavin initially whiffed on his breakout pass, and was then checked from behind by Miller, who stole the puck, went in and beat goalie Eddie Lack with a move to the forehand.
Miller is now up to 12 goals on the season, while the Rangers came out of the second period with a 4-1 lead.
ST. LOUIS (AP) Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Rik Wilson has died. He was 53.
The team made the announcement Friday on its web site. The club didn’t list a cause of death.
Wilson was the 12th overall pick in 1980 by St. Louis. He played 235 regular season games and 22 postseason games with the Blues and also had brief stints with the Flames and Blackhawks, retiring after the 1987-88 season.
From the St. Louis Blues:
“The St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni organization are deeply saddened by the passing of Rik Wilson. Rik donned the Blue Note with pride and passion during five of his six NHL seasons. He was a valued member of not only the Blues organization but the St. Louis community, where Rik and his family settled following his retirement. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wilson family during this difficult time.”