Red Wings’ Mantha scores two in Canada’s win over France
Detroit’s Anthony Mantha ended the NHL season on a hot streak, and it has continued in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Slovakia.
The Red Wings’ right wing scored twice in Canada’s 5-2 win over France on Thursday in Kosice, to give him five goals and nine points in four games in the tournament.
Mantha, who had a career-high 25 goals to go along with 23 assists in 67 games this past regular season, ended 2018-19 with eight goals and 15 points in the final eight games.
He was held scoreless in Canada’s opening 3-1 loss to Finland. But he has been dominant in the past three games, all wins for Team Canada, which is second in Group A with nine points (3-0-0-1), a point ahead of the third-place U.S.
Mantha’s five goals are tied for second in the tournament with two other players. His nine points are third, behind this season’s NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov and William Nylander, who each have 10.
Mantha, 24, is also plus-4 in the World Championship.
Defenseman Filip Hronek has been named Detroit’s 2018-19 Rookie of the Year by Detroit Sports Media.
He had five goals and 23 points in 46 games with the Red Wings this past season. He averaged 19:58 of ice time per game.
Hronek, who’s playing for the Czech Republic, had a goal and an assist on Thursday in his team's 6-3 win over Latvia, to give him three goals and seven points in the tournament. He is also plus-5.