After trailing 2-0 to the Dallas Stars early, the Detroit Red Wings were looking to make a comeback — and Anthony Mantha was the one to take charge. The 25-year-old scored all four goals, including one in the final minute of regulation, in the Red Wings’ 4-3 victory over the Stars on Sunday.
Mantha’s first goal of the night came 48 seconds into the second period, where he fired a one-timer from the right circle past Anton Khudobin while on the power play to pull Detroit within one. About halfway through the period, Mantha wheeled past Stars defenseman Esa Lindell and scored from in tight to even things up at two.
Then just 15 seconds into the third, Mantha completed the natural hat trick to put the Wings up 3-2. He became the sixth player in franchise history to net three goals in the home opener, and the third to do it via natural hat trick. In his 12th multi-goal game, Mantha’s hat trick was the second of his career — the other one coming March 31 against Boston.
Dallas would tie the game shortly after Mantha’s third and things looked to be headed towards overtime before the Longueuil, Que., native struck yet again on a one-timer with 54 seconds remaining. With his fourth tally, he joined John Sorrell, who netted four against the New York Americans, as the only other player in team history to achieve the feat in its home opener.
On Saturday night, Mantha had a three-point performance (one goal, two assists) in Detroit’s 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators. Last season, the 6-5, 234-pound right wing managed 25 goals and 48 points in 67 games and now has 73 goals and 142 points in 219 career games.
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