Mantha scores with 31 seconds left, Red Wings defeat Golden Knights
- Anthony Mantha scored with 31 seconds left in the third period, and the Detroit Red Wings rallied for a 3-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.
- Mantha took Robby Fabbri’s pass off the boards and broke in alone before beating Malcolm Subban with a wrist shot for his 11th goal.
“It was a great cross-ice pass from [Fabbri],” Mantha said. “My passing had been off all night, so I was definitely going to shoot it. It found the post and went in.”
- Madison Bowey scored midway through the third period to tie the game for Detroit (6-12-1), which has won consecutive games for the first time since the first two games of the season.
“I don’t think we were nearly sharp enough,” coach Jeff Blashill said of the Red Wings, who didn’t get their 10th shot on goal until the third period. “I thought we’ve had some losses where we deserved to win. Tonight, we might not have deserved to lose, but we didn’t play our best and found a way to win.”
- Jonathan Bernier made 17 saves for Detroit, including one against Reilly Smith right in front of the crease with 14 seconds remaining.
“It wasn’t a perfect game, I don’t think, and our effort wasn’t there for the full 60 minutes. But we’ll take the win,” Bernier said. “We’ve just got to keep riding this wave.”
- Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty scored for Vegas (9-7-3), which is winless in three straight games and 1-2-3 in its past six. Subban made 16 saves.
“We played great hockey for 55 minutes and fell asleep for the last five,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “They had three good chances before Mantha scored, and they were all chances we gave them.”
NHL Highlights | Golden Knights vs. Red Wings – Nov. 10, 2019
- The 38 shots on goal (19 for each team) were the fewest in Golden Knights history; they combined with the New York Islanders for 42 shots on Dec. 12, 2018. …
- Pacioretty has four goals in his past five games. …
- Vegas will play five of its next six games at home;
- Detroit opens a three-game California trip on Tuesday. …
- Blashill juggled his lines throughout the third period, which led to Fabbri and Mantha teaming up for the winning goal on their first even-strength shift together in the game.
Sources & Credits: Dave Hogg / NHL.com, DET Red Wings, VGK
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