Mantha scored a career-high four goals Sunday night, the last with 53.3 seconds left to give Detroit a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars night in its home opener.
Brock Nelson and Anders Lee also scored in the second period while Anthony Beauvillier added a goal in the third period for the Islanders, who were playing the second game of a season-opening three-game homestand.
Detroit is 2-0 to start the season, and that's largely thanks to Mantha and his linemates' offensive prowess. Bertuzzi is tied for third in points.
The Predators found themselves down by two after the game's first 20 minutes, but they took care of the issue in the second period, and it started with their first power-play goal of the season. After just two games, they have combined for eight goals and eight assists.
The Stars tied it just 33 seconds later on Hintz's second goal of the night. It helps to have a determined Larkin at center and the ever-aggressive Bertuzzi on the other wing, but alone Mantha has proved he is a force to reckon with.
Preds Start With A BangThe Nashville Predators had a rough end to their season last year, but they still won the Central Division and have started this year off with a bang as they beat the Wild in the opener by a score of 5-2. Detroit ranked 19th in the league in power-play conversions at 18.1% and 28th in penalty kill at 77.1%.
Jonathan Bernier made 19 saves, including a pad save in the closing seconds against Alexander Radulov to preserve the victory. We came back. Like you said, it was back and forth.
In order for the Red Wings to make the postseason, they're going to need a Hart Trophy performance from Mantha, and probably Larkin as well. "But we win as a team and we lose as a team, and right now we're losing as a team". Stars D Roman Polak was scratched with an upper body injury. Dallas lost its first two games by a goal to the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins.