Larkin’s hat trick helps Red Wings top Maple Leafs 5-2

The Detroit Red Wings earned a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, thanks to a natural hat trick from forward Dylan Larkin.

Larkin opened the scoring just 5:58 into the game, as he beat Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen with a shot from between the circles. He then extended the Red Wings lead to 3-0 in the second period, with two more goals, one on the power play and another at even strength.

Larkin’s hat trick was the first of his NHL career and the first by a Red Wings player since Thomas Vanek scored one in December 2017.

The Maple Leafs pulled one back late in the second period, as Auston Matthews scored his team-leading 28th goal of the season. However, the Red Wings responded quickly, as Robby Fabbri added another goal just two minutes later to restore the three-goal lead.

The Maple Leafs added another goal late in the third period, but it was too little too late, as Detroit held on for the 5-2 win.

Larkin finished the night with three goals and an assist, while Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 of 30 shots to earn the victory.

The win was the Red Wings’ fourth straight, as they continue to climb up the standings in the Eastern Conference. With the victory, Detroit moved to within four points of the Maple Leafs for the final Wild Card spot in the East.