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Larkin scores to push Red Wings past Lightning

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- Rookie Dylan Larkin scored early in the third period to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

The Red Wings have won two in a row, their first winning streak since the first three games of the season. It was Detroit's first win at home since defeating Tampa Bay 3-1 on Oct. 13.

"I think it's just all about how we play. How hard we play, we'll be successful," Larkin said. "If we try and play a skilled game, on the outside, we [aren't] successful, so it's all on us. It's just how we show up every game."

Riley Sheahan scored for Detroit (6-5-1), and Jimmy Howard made 29 saves.

"For the team, that was huge. Another step in the right direction from Ottawa (a 5-3 win Saturday)," Howard said. "To come in here and play hard against a very high-octane offense and keep them to just one goal, it says we played a pretty complete game."

Nikita Kucherov scored for Tampa Bay (6-6-2), and Ben Bishop made 27 saves.

"Bottom line, you need to score one more goal or get one more save," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Larkin gave the Red Wings the lead 5:54 into the third period. He cut in off right wing after working a give-and-go with Justin Abdelkader and stuffed the puck past Bishop.

"It was a good play by [defenseman Dan DeKeyser] to get it out," Larkin said. "Just tried to go wide and I saw [Abdelkader] coming and he gave it back to me, so I tried to take it to the net hard and it went in."

Bishop said he should have stopped it.

"It snuck between my arm and my body. Was kind of in between," he said.

The goal came after Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat tripped over Howard and knocked the Detroit net off its moorings, but play continued. It was Larkin's fourth goal of the season.

"He's great. He's such a great kid. He just uses his speed to his advantage, flying," Howard said. "I don't think a lot of goaltenders yet have realized how deceptive of a shot he actually has. He can get it off quick, he can get it off in small areas, and he's pretty accurate with it. He's fun to watch and he's fun to go against in practice too."

Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman hit the goal post with 1:02 left.

A shot deflected off Lightning forward Alex Killorn and off the goal post with about 10:50 left.

Kucherov hit the crossbar, off Howard's shoulder, with 12:18 left.

"With goal posts, there nothing you can do. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't," Killorn said.

Sheahan scored 2:02 into the second period for a 1-0 Detroit lead. He beat Bishop with a wrist shot from the high slot off the rush after knocking down a tip pass from Tomas Tatar with his glove in the neutral zone. It was Sheahan's second goal, first in eight games.

Kucherov tied the game 1-1 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 4:02 left in the second. He put in a loose puck from the bottom of the right circle for his fourth goal.

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