Red Wings recover from late Leafs' push to take OT victory

Detroit Red Wings centre Dylan Larkin (71) moves past Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly (44) in the third period on Thursday night. Larkin scored the game-winner in overtime.

Dylan Larkin scored at 2:48 of overtime as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Thursday despite blowing a three-goal lead in the third period.

Larkin moved in on a breakaway after taking a pass over the top from Gustav Nyquist, who had a goal and two assists, and beat Garret Sparks between the pads to snap the Leafs’ five-game winning streak.

Mike Green, with a goal and an assist, Jonathan Ericsson and Luke Glendening also scored for Detroit (13-12-4). Former Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 shots for the Wings. Larkin also had an assist.

Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen, with a goal and an assist each, John Tavares and Zach Hyman scored for Toronto (20-8-1). Jake Gardiner added two assists.

Garret Sparks made 27 saves for the Leafs with No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen getting the night off after facing 40-plus shots in four straight starts.

William Nylander suited up for his first game since coming to terms with Toronto on a new six-year, $45-million US contract over the weekend to end a contract impasse that cost the restricted free agent the season’s first 26 games, but wasn’t a factor.