Hats off to Detroit Red Wings, especially Anthony Mantha. They keep losing players and continue to win.
Former Michigan State Standout Taro Hirose scored his first NHL goal early in the third period to put Wings ahead for good. Hirose's breakthrough score was created by Andreas Athanasiou and came just 8 seconds after Mantha scored his hat. Hirose totaled five assistants in his first six NHL games after signing an entry-level contract.
Mantha added two assists. Filip Hronek also scored his fifth goal and Dylan Larkin added an empty night. Brad Marchand scored two goals for Bruins.
Mantha blasts his way to hatrick
Mantha gave Wings a 2-0 lead in the first period with a few one-timers.
Larkin, who took a skate to the abdominal area during his first shift, backhanded a passport from the left boards midway through the period. Mantha then fired a shot from the right circle that struck Jaroslav Halak on the short side.
His second goal came with just one second back on a power play. Tyler Bertuzzi won a scrum for the puck behind Bruins goal. He dragged the puck to Niklas Kronwall at that point, and Kronwall shot it to Mantha, who drilled it right inside the right goalpost.
Mantha almost got hat trick early in the second period, but he couldn't convert on a breakaway.
A few hats came on the ice just 1:17 in the third period when Mantha reached three goal goals for the first time in 214 career games. With Boston's Jake DeBrusk in the penalty shootout, Mantha cleared a shot shot past Halak from another fine piece of Bertuzzi.
Mantha scored several goals for the fifth time this season and the second in five games. He has 10 points over the five-game span and 22 goals for the season, only two less than he spoke last season despite missing a month with a broken hand.
Witkowski, Acciari put it off
Wing's agitator Luke Witkowski came under the Bruins skin late in the second period when he slammed Joakim Nordstrom into the boards.
Noel Acciari immediately dropped his gloves and challenged Witkowski and they traded several battles before the match was broken. Acciari received a 2-minute penalty for instigation, a 5-minute fight for battle and a 10-minute penalty. Witkowski was only accused of a fight danger.
Witkowski and Nordstrom fought earlier this season in Boston.
Turge, Fulcher get the call
The wings raped their affiliate in Grand Rapids due to injuries.
Center Dominic Turgeon and goalkeeper Kaden Fulcher became the latest emergency call. These movements were necessitated by injuries to send Luke Glendening and goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
Glendening, which had been the only Wings player to be seen in each game, was sidelined by a number of minor sufferings. Bernier has an upper body injury that forced him to come out after two periods of 4-0 shutout against New Jersey on Friday.
Turgeon had 19 points in 69 matches with Griffins. He is the 23-year-old son of Pierre Turgeon who scored 515 goals in his career. The younger Turgeon got his first taste of NHL action when he played five games with the wings in January 2018.
He skates on the fourth line and also saw ice age on Sunday's penalty.
Fulcher, backing up Jimmy Howard, was recently handed over to Grand Rapids after posting a 15-7-6 record with Toledo Walleye.