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Trending: Wings fight back but fall to Bruins in overtime

Mantha records first four-point game of his career

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

BOSTON -- The Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins made their 600th match-up an exciting one for the Original Six foes.

The Wings spotted the Bruins two goals in the first 52 seconds of the game but rallied back several times, forcing overtime, tied 5-5.

But Brad Marchand completed his hat trick 34 seconds into overtime for a 6-5 Boston victory.

The Bruins have beaten the Wings eight straight times in Boston.

The Wings fell to 26-29-11 overall and 13-16-3 on the road while the Bruins improved to 41-15-8 overall and 23-7-4 at home.

Frans Nielsen, Mike Green, Anthony Mantha (two) and Martin Frk scored for Detroit while Torey Krug (two), Jake DeBrusk and Marchand (three) scored for Boston.

1. Anthony Mantha: It was the second game that Mantha had been reunited with Dylan Larkin. At 12:05 of the second, just two seconds after the Wings' power play had expired, Mantha's backhand shot beat Boston goaltender Anton Khudobin. Green and Tyler Bertuzzi picked up the assists on Mantha's 22nd goal. At 15:50 of the second, Mantha drove to the net and put another backhand past Khudobin. Justin Abdelkader and Larkin assisted. Larkin leads the Wings with 40 assists. It was Mantha's third two-goal game of the season. He also had two on Nov. 15 against the Calgary Flames and two on Feb. 9 at the New York Islanders. Mantha also assisted on Green's goal in the first and Martin Frk's in the third, giving him the first four-point night of his career.

Quotable: "Obviously it's always fun but like I said there's one silly mistake in OT that cost us this game. I need to keep winning those little battles, Larks and I and just have to be better as the season keeps going." - Mantha

Quotable II: "They (Mantha and Larkin) produced a lot of offense today. We've seen that throughout the year. They're young, they're really skilled and that's our future, just got to develop more and play a full 200-foot game." - Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg

2. Jared Coreau/Jimmy Howard: Coreau must have been having flashbacks to a year ago at this time. On March 8, 2017, Coreau got a rare start in place of Petr Mrazek in the second game of a back-to-back and Coreau gave up three goals on eight shots before he was replaced by Mrazek. On this night, also Irish Heritage Night as it was last year, the Bruins' first shot of the game - a blast from the point from Michigan native Krug - found the back of the net. The Bruins also scored on their second shot, an unassisted goal by DeBrusk. Krug scored on the power play at 13:48 of the first. After Marchand scored a power-play goal at 3:27 of the second, Jimmy Howard replaced Coreau. Coreau finished with 12 saves on 16 shots.

Quotable: "I wasn't good enough. Luckily, Jimmy came in and he played really well. I was happy for him. He got us a point. Luckily, we were able to score five goals as well. It didn't go our way in overtime, but you got to look at the positives, too, we got a point." - Coreau

Quotable II: "Well, you know, it's tough when you haven't been up here, and I think the first two shots went in. That's a tough situation. I just thought now you're in a spot where you have no room for error at all. I'm not saying the goals were all his fault by any stretch but it's just a tough spot to be in." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

3. Mike Green: Green has gotten his points this season but mostly from assists as opposed to goals. But at 7:53 of the first, Green scored from the right circle, glove-side, for his seventh goal of the season and his first since Feb. 9 at the Islanders. Green returned Mantha's favor by assisting on Mantha's goal at 12:05 of the second.

Quotable: "We obviously need to play 60 minutes. I don't think we've been playing full games lately. We take maybe five or 10 minutes off and then it's in our net two or three times. We need to be smarter and play 60-minute hockey." - Mantha

Quotable II: "We got to come out more ready to compete. I thought they were more ready to compete than us at the beginning. Then, I thought our guys battled extremely hard to put ourselves in position. After we kept getting down, we kept fighting back. It shows the character in the room. Zetterberg was unreal as a warrior. Just unbelievable. I also thought Larkin battled hard. I thought Mantha battled hard. I thought we had guys who just dig and we just kept digging and digging and digging. And then in the end, we gotta grow up. We can't give away those goals like that. That's crazy. It's a puck sitting there, should have been our puck, and we want to go on offense before we have the puck. So we gotta learn from those situations. People ask me about overtime like it's some kind of technique thing or X's and O's. It's not X's and Os. It's understanding when to be able to anticipate offense and when to make sure you're taking care of your own end." - Blashill

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