Larkins first NHL hat trick lifts Red Wings past Devils

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DETROIT —┬áDylan Larkin scored his first NHL hat trick for the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

Larkin also had an assist, Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice, and Thomas Greiss made 32 saves for the Red Wings (15-13-3), who had lost four of their past five games.

Detroit played without coach Jeff Blashill and assistant Alex Tanguay because of COVID-19 protocol. Forward Filip Zadina also entered protocol prior to the game.

Akira Schmid made 25 saves for the Devils (10-14-5), who have lost five straight and nine of their past 10 games (1-8-1).

New Jersey played with 17 skaters with forward Jesper Bratt being a late scratch because of a non-COVID illness.

Larkin gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 15:39 of the first period. Filip Hronek sent a long pass off the back boards, and Larkin got to the puck and shot into an open net after Schmid misjudged the bounce.

Michael McLeod tied it 1-1 at 19:11 when his shot from the high slot fluttered past Greiss.

Larkin made it 2-1 at 11:48 of the second period, beating Schmid from the slot off a pass from Vladislav Namestnikov.

Bertuzzi scored 39 seconds later to push the lead to 3-1.

Larkin completed the hat trick at 15:47, breaking in alone down the left wing and scoring blocker side to make it 4-1.

Dawson Mercer scored a shorthanded goal at 17:25 to pull the Devils within 4-2, but Bertuzzi scored his second of the game at 14:07 of the third for the 5-2 final.

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