Three Players Combine for Seven Goals in 4-3 Red Wings Win Over the Stars

Published on October 7, 2019

Last night, the Detroit Red Wings would host the Dallas Stars for their home opener.

Detroit defeated the Nashville Predators the night before, while the Stars were searching for their first win of the year. Let’s recap this back and forth battle.

1st Period

Hintz Stays Hot as He Strikes First

The Finnish connection of the Stars has been gaining strength, particularly between Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen.

Heiskanen started the play by taking the puck out of the defensive zone. He avoided a poke check attempt at center ice, and he chipped it over to Hintz, who took it into the offensive zone. He takes a quick shot from the top of the left circle and it beats the Detroit netminder for a 1-0 lead.

Tyler Seguin Scores a Beauty for His First of the Year

The Stars have been needing some of the big name, high value players to get scoring goals. It would be Tyler Seguin who answers the call.

Jamie Oleksiak would chip the puck to Seguin, who takes it out the defensive end. He used his speed to get around the Red Wing player in front of him and took it towards the net. The pressure was on, but Seguin was able to get the puck top shelf on Jonathan Bernier to put Dallas up 2-0.

They would take this 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

2nd Period

Anthony Mantha Cuts the Lead in Half With a Powerplay Goal

The Red Wings would respond with a goal just 46 seconds into the 2nd period.

John Klingberg’s lingering penalty from the end of the 1st gave Detroit fresh ice to work with for the powerplay. Some swift passing around by the powerplay unit ended with a perfect set up for Anthony Mantha. Hirose passed across the ice to Mantha, who launches a shot passed to the glove of Anton Khudobin.

Mantha Scores Again Halfway Through the 2nd Period

Although Mantha is a whopping 6’5”, he would score this next goal as though he was smaller and elusive.

He would pick up the puck in the neutral zone and started to take it into the Stars’ defensive end. He drove around the right boards, around the Stars’ defender, and made a big cut across to the slot. The cut freezes Khudobin, and Mantha took the puck around him and made a diving goal, which tied the game at 2.

The game would remain tied through the remainder of the 2nd period.

3rd Period

Mantha Gets the Hat Trick to Detroit the Lead

Mantha would score goal number 3 just 15 seconds into the 3rd period.

Dylan Larkin picked up the puck near the blue line of the Dallas defensive end to start the drive to the net. He got off a quick shot, that was denied by Khudobin, but Mantha was sitting right there in front to scoop in the rebound. This gave Detroit their first lead of the game.

Hintz Picks Up the Rebound to Tie the Game

Roope Hintz would have the answer only 33 seconds after the Mantha hat trick.

He would use his speed to enter the zone and passed the puck to his right where Mattias Janmark was. Janmark gave off a quick shot that was denied by Bernier, but Hintz was there still charging at the net. He picked up the rebound as soon as it bounced off of Bernier, and as result, the game was tied at 3.

One More Goal for Mantha Gives the Red Wings the Win

Anthony Mantha, who was already having a career night, made one more push with less than a minute to go.

Detroit won the faceoff to Khudobin’s right, and the puck made it back to defenseman Filip Hronek. Mantha got himself wide open near the top of the circle, and Hronek was able to feed him the puck. Mantha hits the one-timer perfectly and it beats the Stars’ netminder for a 4-3 lead.

As result, the Red Wings defeated the Stars, giving the Stars an 0-3 record to start the season.

The next Stars game is against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

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Ian Shidlofsky is a Sports Columnist at Grit Daily. Based in Dallas, Texas and a hockey fanatic, Shidlofsky primarily covers the NHL. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Colorado State University.

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