Detroit Red Wings amaze one and all with 2-0 start
DETROIT (AP) — Anthony Mantha scored his career-high fourth goal with 53.3 seconds left, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night in their home opener.
Filip Hronek set up the goal with a centering pass after Dylan Larkin won a faceoff. Mantha also scored early in the third to put Detroit ahead and Roope Hintz pulled Dallas into a 3-all tie 33 seconds later with his second goal.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 19 shots to help the Red Wings improve to 2-0.
The Red Wings had a 5-on-3 power play for 40 seconds midway through the third and failed to take advantage.
Dallas, shooting for its first win in three games, led 2-0 after the first period after Hintz and Tyler Seguin scored.
The cushion didn’t last long.
Mantha scored in the opening minute of the second period on a power play and pulled Detroit into a 2-all tie midway through the second period.
Anton Khudobin made 29 saves for the Stars, who pulled their goaltender to add an extra skater in the final minute and put pressure on Bernier to hold on for the victory. Video review was used with 1.6 seconds left to determine Alexander Radulov didn’t score when he tried to stuff the puck past Bernier.
Red Wings 5, Predators 3
At Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice and had two assists to lead Detroit in its season opener.
Mantha added a goal and two assists, while Larkin had a goal and an assist and Luke Glendening scored.
Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm scored for Nashville, which is 1-1 on the young season.
Midway through the third with the game tied, Glendening scored the go-ahead goal with a wrist shot from the right circle that glanced off the mask of Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros and into the net.
Bertuzzi scored the game’s first goal at 10:29 of the opening period.
From above the left faceoff dot, Larkin sent a cross-ice pass through the slot to Bertuzzi at the right faceoff dot, where he beat Saros with a one-timer high to the glove side.
Saros finished with 23 saves.
Just 1:11 later, Mantha made it 2-0. From inside the Detroit blue line, Mantha carried the puck up ice into the Nashville zone. He fanned on his initial attempt, but then connected on a backhand shot as he was falling to the ice and beat Saros between the pads.
Arvidsson cut the Detroit lead in half at 4:40 of the second.
Matt Duchene had the puck below the goal line just to the right of the Detroit net. There, he made a blind backhand pass to Arvidsson in the low slot, where he beat Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard low to the stick side with a wrist shot. Howard made 39 saves.
An unchecked Forsberg skated from the left half boards to the left circle, where he beat Howard with a wrist shot on the short side.