Mantha’s late goal gives Wings 3-2 comeback win over Knights
The Red Wings won their second straight game, this time in truly shocking fashion, as they came from behind to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Sunday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Anthony Mantha scored the winning goal with 30. 9 seconds left.
Before his heroics, Mantha had taken a few short shifts in the last half of the third period.
“I don’t think I played the best game of the season, but got out there and got the game winner,” he said. “My team gets the two points and that’s what matters.”
Mantha took a cross-ice pass from Robby Fabri off the boards, cut in alone off right wing and beat Vegas goalie Malcom Subban with a wrist shot from the right circle. It was Mantha’s 11th goal.
“I mean, my passing was not on point today,” he said. “So I was shooting that 100 percent and just found the outside post and in.”
Madison Bowey tied the game 2-2 with 9:03 left in the third with a spectacular individual effort. He scored from the inside part of the right circle while being pulled down by the Golden Knights’ William Carrier.
“Fabbri was open back door, I think. Until I kind of got tripped there, I was thinking about passing,” Bowey said. “Also shooting, but I think as I was getting tripped, I just decided to put it on net, and it went in.”
After a 1-11-1 stretch, the Red Wings have now defeated two of the NHL’s best teams, the Boston Bruins (4-2 Friday night) and Vegas in consecutive games.
“I say it all the time and I don’t think you all always believe me, but the league is like this, the difference from the best to a team like us that’s at the bottom, is minimal in terms of talent,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “There’s not a huge difference, not like 15 years ago when there was huge differences. So, every night if you go out and play your best hockey, you have a chance to win, so we just got to keep working toward building our game. “
Max Pacioretty gave Vegas a 2-1 lead 9:04 into the second period with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. It was his sixth goal and one of only five total shots in a close-checking middle period. Vegas had three and the Red Wings two.
Jonathan Marchessault gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead with 3:33 left in the first period. He converted Reilly Smith’s cross-ice pass on a 2-on-1 rush. It was Marchessault’s fourth goal.
Andreas Athanasiou tied it with a power-play goal with 45 seconds left in the opening period. He scored on a one-time shot from the right circle for Athanasiou’s second goal.
Taro Hirose was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.