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WINGS POSTGAME: Putting the Man in Mantha

The curse is finally broken!

For the first time since 2007, the Wings pulled out a regulation win in Montreal and ended a current 9 game losing streak.

After their first loss of the season, they successfully bounced back in their first game against a divisional rival. The first period saw the Wings get off to good start, with Athanasiou, Bertuzzi, Glendening, and Mantha in particular generating some good chances that would carry into the second and third frames of the game. The goals were back and forth, but Detroit never trailed, placing them with a 3-1-0 record to start the season.

Thoughts and Highlights 

  • The first line were buzzing throughout the game as the Wings had a plethora of scoring chances in the first half of the game. Ideally, a few more goals could have been buried, but it was refreshing the team clicking in a building they’ve been horribly outscored in.
  • Helm gets the first goal of the game, shooting the loose puck that bounced off a Habs defender and finishing with a top corner shot. De La Rose and Dekeyser got the assists, with a nice drag and release to set up the goal from Dekeyser.

  • Less than a minute left in the period, a bad icing call lets Armia tie the game up from the slot after the faceoff. Bertuzzi responds with a backhand goal from a loose puck that came off the end boards to establish Detroit’s lead just 30 seconds later.

  • Detroit gets into penalty trouble in the early second, costing them the lead. Domi capitalizes on a weird bounce on the power play as the puck came off the end glass before landing in the crease, tying the game. Thankfully, our lord and savior Anthony Mantha comes to save the period by scoring his 6th goal of the season on the power play with an absolute rocket.

  • Detroit protected their one goal lead in the harder hitting third, with Glendening getting a well deserved empty netter to seal it.
  • Athanasiou looked promising during his second game back – having multiple quality chances that he will most likely finish throughout the season. Dekeyser also had a good game, especially in first period with the 2 assists he picked up.
  • Bernier had a solid game in net, making key saves in all 3 periods and keeping the Canadiens at bay when they surged. The goals he allowed were unfortunate bounces, but for a backup, you can’t ask for much more.

 

Gif of the Game

When your team finally breaks a losing streak spanning back into the last decade with one of the best lines in the NHL.

Motor City MVP

This one goes to Anthony Mantha. Not only does he get the game winning goal, but he keeps himself towards the top of the league in scoring while his family and friends are watching him play against his hometown team. He should be unchallenged for at least 40 goals if he keeps shooting like he has been.