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Anthony Mantha On The Playoffs

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

...Washington was eliminated in five games by Boston, with Mantha contributing two assists and no goals in the five games. His ice time dwindled to a series-low 12:23 seconds in Game 5....

"All the excitement that goes with it, the continuous overtimes," Mantha said. "You don't want to make any mistakes. You're trying to create something offensively. Just playing a couple of games will help out a lot in my future.

"The fact we didn't win was the only (negative). It's fun, exciting, but at the end of the day you're playing to win every playoff series. It didn't go our way and so you look back and you're real disappointed we didn't get to advance."...

"I'm a little disappointed in myself, the way I played," Mantha said. "But hopefully I can come back stronger next season and I'll know what to expect.

"I went some games there at the end of the year when I didn't score any goals. We had couple of games that went into overtime in the series. If you score two goals, maybe you win those games.

"It's so tight out there (on the ice), there's not a lot of room. I just need to create more space for myself in those types of games."

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TreKronor's avatar

If you didn’t know any better you’d think this was coming from a player who just started playing in the NHL.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/10/21 at 08:05 PM ET


Playoffs are new to him.

I’ll cut him a break given that it took Pav a while.
It takes a lot of guys a while to figure out how to be as effective in
the playoffs.

But of course it was a uninspiring and uninspired season for Mantha overall.
And the same things have been knocks on him for a while.
Washington’s window is arguably really starting to close.
They need him to be a true impact player.


Posted by lefty.30 on 06/10/21 at 08:19 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I guess when you consider players talk about giving 100 percent in the playoffs vs 70 percent during regular season.

That is like expecting Mantha to give 50 percent during the playoffs compared to his normal 30 percent during the regular season. It’s a tough way to make a buck!

Posted by TreKronor on 06/10/21 at 09:08 PM ET



Yeah, he still has a lot to figure out if he wants to
actually come close to realizing his potential.

Maybe the injury plagued season with still pretty good numbers
convinced him he was doing all he needed to?
Not even close. Despite the money it’s going to be a not so fun rest of his career
if his name becomes synonymous with: too little effort and wasted potential.
Fans take players’ struggles way too personally sometimes. I hate when it turns truly
personal and nasty. But as much as I don’t care for the team, those fans in metro DC
have a riff to expect a lot more given what they gave away!

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/10/21 at 09:27 PM ET


That injury shortened season he was a monster on the puck.  He really did a lot of Bert type work, dug skates in, kept guys off, got it out of trouble and going the other way.  Then he tried to be a fancy shooting star player and hes much less effective in that role.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/10/21 at 10:21 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

If Vrana continues on next season with where he left off at the end of this season, the Caps fans are going to go ballistic. And that anger/frustration will only grow depending on who the Wings select with Washington’s first-round pick next month.

I’ll go out on a limb and say the Caps fans will be calling for Mantha’s head on a stick by the middle of next January.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/11/21 at 12:09 AM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

I liked Mantha throughout his time here but the guy has no inner drive. He’s got skill that comes through once in a while and when it does he rides that wave of confidence and adrenaline, but eventually it stops. Then you see him go on these long droughts. He has doesn’t have enough pure skill to outweigh the lack of drive. Someone like Malkin for example. He’s such a pure talent and sometimes he just goes through the motions, showing minimal effort but he’s so skilled that he can create something out of nothing.

You don’t want to make any mistakes.

Also playing not to lose instead of playing to win usually doesn’t work

Posted by SauceBoss on 06/11/21 at 09:04 AM ET


Caps fans are going to go ballistic

Mantha trade is nothing compared to the decision not to pay and let Trotz leave.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/11/21 at 10:39 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Mantha trade is nothing compared to the decision not to pay and let Trotz leave.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/11/21 at 10:39 AM ET

Well, you’ve got that right, VP. And Holland’s decision to keep Blashill and not pursue Trotz once he did leave was also a huge mistake.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/11/21 at 11:05 AM ET


I think Trotz has 2 years left in his contract. Blashill signed for 2 years…

So, maybe that’s a big plan?

Posted by VPalmer on 06/11/21 at 12:03 PM ET

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