The first weekend of the NHL Regular Season is officially complete.
In a weekend that saw the San Jose Sharks, and Tampa Bay Lightning lose back to back days, along with the Detroit Red Wings defeat Nashville, and Dallas in back to back days, let’s take a look at the three stars of the weekend.
1. Anthony Mantha:
The Detroit Red Wings started off their season with back to back games against Nashville, and Dallas.
In Nashville Saturday night, the Red Wings took down the Predators 5-3 after taking a 2-0 lead in the first period, and would enter the third period tied 3-3.
Anthony Mantha recorded a goal and two assists as Detroit surprised Nashville in their own rink.
Last night, Dallas went to Detroit for the Red Wing’s home opener with intentions of spoiling the night.
However, Anthony Mantha, and company shut that down as Mantha scored two goals in both the second, and third period as the Red Wings defeated the Stars 4-3, who are now 0-2.
Just in two games this season Mantha has recorded five goals, and two assists, on top of a plus-4 plus-minus as well.
Detroit currently is 2-0, and will host the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow night at 7:30 PM ET.
2. Mika Zibanejad:
After starting their season off strong with a 6-4 win over Winnipeg Thursday night, the Rangers traveled to Ottawa to face the Senators in a Saturday night match up.
Zibanejad would take off right where he left off Thursday night, scoring three goals, and an assist against the Senators as New York defeated Ottawa 4-1.
One of these goals was a power play goal, another was a short handed goal.
In just the first two games of the season, Mika Zibanejad has four goals, and four assists, along with a plus-6 plus-minus.
New York (2-0) will not have another game until Saturday when they host the Edmonton Oilers at 1:00 PM ET.
3. Connor McDavid:
Connor McDavid scored the game winning goal Wednesday night as the Oilers opened their season with a 3-2 win at home over Pacific Division foe Vancouver.
Saturday night, McDavid went straight back to work recording a goal, and three assists as Edmonton topped Los Angeles 6-5.
Both power play goals were scored by off-season addition James Neal, McDavid played a significant role in both of those as two of his assists were on those goals.
Edmonton (2-0) will travel to take on the New York Islanders tomorrow night at 7:00 PM ET.
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