Mantha’s four goals lead Red Wings to 4-3 win over Stars
In a scene that looks a lot like one from the night before, Anthony Mantha (39) celebrates one of his four goals with Patrik Nemeth (22) and linemate Dylan Larkin (71).
It was Anthony Mantha 4, the Dallas Stars 3.
The Red Wings’ right wing continued his roll that goes back to late last season with his first four-goal game to carry Detroit to its home-opener win at Little Caesars Arena Sunday.
Mantha even showed a dramatic streak, scoring his fourth goal with 53.3 seconds left to break a 3-3 tie. It was a one-time slap shot from the slot that deflected off the stick of defenseman John Klingberg past Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin.
Mantha, who had his first hat trick late last season, is the first Red Wing to scored four goals in a game since Johan Franzen scored five against the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 27, 2014.
Mantha has five goals and two assists in the first two games of the season. He had a spectacular goal and two assists in Saturday night’s 5-3 opening-night win in Nashville.
Mantha is continuing his roll that begin late last season when he had 15 points (eight goals and seven assists) in the final eight games of the 2018-19 campaign.
“Playing great hockey last season, playing great hockey in the world championships, playing good hockey in camp … I was hot today,” Mantha said.
Obviously, his confidence is sky high.
“He's exponentially better when he's playing with confidence, and that's what you are seeing right now,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “When he's moving feet, you've got a guy who's 6-foot-5 with speed and great hands. He's showing that whole package right now.”
The Red Wings and goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who made 19 saves, had to survive a goal-mouth scramble with 2.7 seconds left when Bernier denied Alexander Radulov’s attempt to stuff the puck between the goalie’s skate and the goal post. The ruling on the ice was no goal, but the play went to video review and the call was confirmed.
“I really believed the puck was under my skate and I had it,” Bernier said.
Mantha completed the natural hat trick just 15 seconds into the third when he poked in the rebound of a shot by Dylan Larkin, who had two assists, to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead. But Roope Hintz scored his second goal of the game – also on a rebound – just 48 seconds later, retying the contest at 3.
Mantha scored twice in the second period to tie the game 2-2.
His power-play goal 48 seconds into the middle period put Detroit on the board. He put in a one-time slapper from the top of the right circle. Then he tied it at 2, at 9:43, when he swept in off the right wing and – using his reach – stuffed the puck past Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin.
The Stars took a 2-0 lead in the first period on Hintz’s first goal (10:57) and a marker by Tyler Seguin with 3:11 left in the opening period.
Andreas Athanasiou, still bothered by the injury suffered during the preseason, did not play. He has missed the first two games of the season.