The Detroit Red Wings unfortunately were on the wrong end of a 4-3 overtime loss tonight agains the Chicago Blackhawks, as they were unable to protect a two goal lead. Max Domi's snipe of a shot past goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic gave the host Hawks the victory in front of their home fans, though there were several thousands of Red Wings fans in the stands at United Center.
However, Red Wings fans everywhere held their collective breaths as captain Dylan Larkin suffered what at the time appeared to be a serious injury late in the first period after taking a cross check from Chicago's Connor Murphy. He was hunched over in visible pain on the bench and then immediately made his way towards the Detroit dressing room. The good news, thankfully, was that Larkin returned to the game.
In the dressing room following the overtime setback, Larkin said that he wasn't feeling any ill effects of the incident.
"I'm okay, it was an awkward fall, but I'm all right," Larkin said.
According to head coach Derek Lalonde, the team plans on monitoring Larkin's status.
"Obviously he left the game with an upper-body injury but he came back and it seemed to be bothering him throughout," Lalonde said. "We'll re-evaluate (Larkin) tomorrow."
The Red Wings were unable to capitalize on a golden opportunity to increase their lead back to two goals in the 3rd period, as Filip Zadina's breakaway opportunity was denied by goaltender Alex Stalock.
"We were too passive, we have to learn from it and find a way when we're up two goals to keep the foot on the gas and play smart," Larkin said. "We hit a couple of posts in the third, a couple of power plays we wasted. We have to go out and get after it."
The Red Wings will return home to face the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.