The Wings also won their National Hockey League season-opener 5-3 Saturday night in Nashville. The Dallas Stars are now sitting at 0-2 on the season, but that is due to them playing the two teams who made the Stanley Cup last season.
Over the last 10 games of his third full year in the NHL, Mantha has 22 points. "He's worked hard on his shot over the course of the last number of summers, and the goal that he scored on the 2-on-1, that's indicative of the work that he's put in".
When a 6-foot-5, 225-pound winger hits top speed with the puck and drives right to the net, not many defenseman will be able to shut him down completely.
"It was a really nice play", Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. Lindell, in turn, makes a weak attempt at trying to dislodge the puck, then Mantha bursts inside, skating around goaltender Anton Khudobin and deposits the puck to complete the jaw-dropping goal.
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Get8ing the nod for Detroit will be Jimmy Howard and he was 23-27 with a 3.07 GAA previous year, including 9-10 with a 3.27 GAA on the road.
He is starting this new season with five goals in just two games.
But turning pro meant Mantha would have to play against men.
Mantha, 25, was hampered by a hand injury - something no goal scorer wants to have - early last season. He skated out of his own zone along the left side, got behind Wings center Dylan Larkin and beat Bernier top shelf. Tyler Bertuzzi finished it off with an empty-netter, his second tally of the evening. The Dallas Stars have a very good goalie in Ben Bishop, and while the Red Wings young pieces flashed the potential to put the puck in the back of the neck, I don't think it happens two games in a row. The Detroit Red Wings lost the faceoff battle to the Nashville Predators 36-29, and they were unable to record a goal on 2 powerplay chances.
Over the weekend, those handful of players proved that, at least in the small sample size of two games, they could provide enough excitement for the whole team.