from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
As they face three games on the road, the Detroit Red Wings are encouraged not just that they won their previous game at home, but how they won it.
A key moment happened 1:40 into the third period with the Wings leading 4-1. Alexaner Barabanov scored, bringing the San Jose Sharks within two goals with more than 18 minutes to play. But the Wings did not falter: Two minutes later, Dylan Larkin picked up a nifty pass from Lucas Raymond, sped into San Jose's zone and fired the puck top shelf to make it a three-goal game again. The Wings went on to win, 6-2.
"It’s a huge goal at a huge moment," coach Jeff Blashill said. "At 4-2, anything happens — they score, it’s 4-3 and now you’re sitting in a game trying to grind when you should have put the other team away."
Red Wings center Dylan Larkin celebrates his goal in the third period of the Wings' 6-2 win over the Sharks on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena.
Pius Suter, who contributed two goals to the effort, said, "getting a two-goal lead after that, it takes their energy out of their game."
The Wings (16-15-3) didn't practice Wednesday. They are scheduled to head to California to play the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, and the Sharks on Jan. 12. The Wings have won just four of their 15 road games.