Anthony's the Man-tha

Michael Finewax
Rotoworld

The first week of the 2019-20 NHL season has ended as there were three games Sunday.

There were more than a few surprises this week including Carolina winning all three games while San Jose and Dallas dropped all three of their contests.

It was not a great week for the top ranked Lightning as Tampa Bay went 1-1-1.

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Mika Zibanejad should be named the player of the week with his eight points in two games while Anthony Mantha and Auston Matthews top the NHL goal-scoring leaderboard with five apiece.

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CAROLINA 4 TAMPA BAY 3 (Overtime)

Jaccob Slavin’s overtime goal at 1:53 completed the comeback as Carolina fought back from being down 3-1 to defeat Tampa Bay 4-3.

The Lightning looked good in the first in taking a 3-1 lead. Brett Pesce scored 1:14 into the game to give Carolina the lead but then three straight from Tyler Johnson, Kevin Shattenkirk on the power play, and Steven Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a commanding lead after one.

But it was all Carolina after that.

Erik Haula on the power play, cut the lead to one after two periods and then Dougie Hamilton, also on the power play, tied the score in the third.

The Hurricanes were all over the Lightning, outshooting them 44-13.

Curtis McElhinney returned to Carolina for the first time since he bolted to the Lightning via free agency on July 1. He did not get a lot of support from his teammates but managed to stop 40 shots.

Petr Mrazek made only 10 saves but got the win. The Lightning had only two shots on goal after the first period. They had 11 in the first, two in the third and nothing in the second period or overtime. That’s amazing.

Victor Hedman and Eric Cernak each had four blocked shots.

DETROIT 4 DALLAS 3

Anthony Mantha had his best game as a professional, striking for all four goals as the Detroit Red Wings improved to 2-0-0 with a 4-3 win over Dallas. The Stars start the season 0-3-0 and are tied for last with San Jose as the only teams to lose all three games this week.

Mantha, who scored a goal in the opener, scored twice in the second period and twice more in the third, including the game winner with 54 seconds left in the third for the victory.

Dallas got off to a 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to Roope Hintz’s first of two in the game. Tyler Seguin potted his first of the season and the Stars led by two after one.

Then Mantha got started. His two in the second tied the game and he completed a natural hat trick just 15 seconds into the third period to give the Red Wings the lead.

But Hintz tied the game just 33 seconds later, with his third of the season, setting up Mantha’s last minute heroics.

The Red Wings scored once on the power play in eight attempts while the Stars were on the man-advantage only twice and failed to score on either time.

The Red Wings outshot Dallas 33-22 with Anton Khudobin making 29 saves in the Dallas cage compared to the 19 saves that Jonathan Bernier made for Detroit. But Bernier came up with the win in front of the hometown Red Wing fans.

Dylan Larkin and Filip Hronek each had a pair of assists in the win.

A couple of injuries of note: Trevor Daley suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return while Frans Nielsen was hit in the head by the puck in the third and did not return.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4 WINNIPEG 1

Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier each had a goal and an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-1 win over Winnipeg Sunday.

The Jets, who had their blueline decimated since the end of last season as Jacob Trouba was traded, Tyler Myers left as a UFA and Dustin Byfuglien is out of the lineup as he is contemplating retirement, suffered another setback when Josh Morrissey was injured in the pre-game warmup and sat out the contest. Morrissey was quarterbacking the first unit and he was replaced by Neal Pionk.

Thomas Greiss got the start for the Islanders and he was sharp, stopping 35 shots for his first win of the season.

Laurent Brossoit picked up his second straight start in goal for Winnipeg and he turned aside 29 shots in taking the loss. Coach Paul Maurice has apparently benched usual starter Connor Hellebuyck for now but expect to see him back in the lineup this week.

Anders Lee and Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders while Patrik Laine scored the only goal for the Jets.

Mathew Barzal for the Islanders and Ville Heinola and Kyle Connor each had five shots on goal.

Nick Leddy at minus-one, was the only minus player for the Islanders.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Anthony Mantha – 4

Roope Hintz - 2

Assists

Andrei Svechnikov – 2

Filip Hronek – 2

Dylan Larkin - 2

Shots on Goal

Anthony Mantha – 8

Mathew Barzal – 5

Kyle Connor – 5

Ville Heinola - 5

Hits

Matt Martin - 8

Justin Abdelkader – 4

Luke Glendening - 4

Penalty Minutes

Andrew Cogliano - 4

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