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Dylan Larkin The Goal Scorer

03/29/2019 at 8:52am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Dylan Larkin didn’t like hearing he wasn’t considered a goal scorer, including from his employer.

His response was to become the Detroit Red Wings’ first 30-goal scorer in a decade.

In a season where “not much has felt great” because the losses have added up to another playoffs miss, Larkin didn’t hide how much it meant to reach the milestone he hit after scoring twice in Thursday’s 5-4 overtime victory at KeyBank center against the Buffalo Sabres....

Proving people were wrong about him sparked Larkin.

“Through contract negotiating and end of last couple years, people said I wasn’t a goal scorer,” Larkin said. “I tried to focus on it this summer. I set a goal before every season to try and get to 30, I think every player does and should. It is bittersweet because of the situation we’re in now, but it does feel pretty good that hard work pays off. To prove to people that I could be a goal scorer in this league.

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