It’s supposed to be a bleak, rebuilding year for the Detroit Red Wings but Anthony Mantha did not get the memo.
Mantha went off on Sunday night against the Dallas Stars, scoring all four goals in a 4-3 victory.
The 25-year-old put on a show in every sense and his second goal will certainly be in heavy rotation on ‘best of the month’ highlight packs everywhere.
Oh my god Anthony Mantha pic.twitter.com/As8LnEju7e— Prashanth Iyer (@iyer_prashanth) October 7, 2019
Mantha receives the puck, cuts outside and breezes past Stars defenceman Esa Lindell. 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.
He is now among some elite company, joining Hall of Fame forward Brendan Shanahan and two-time Stanley Cup champion John Sorrell as the only players to score a natural hat trick for the Red Wings in their home opener.
Mantha is coming off two consecutive 20-goal plus seasons and perhaps grander heights are in store for the 2013 first-round pick.
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