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Anthony Mantha Hopes To Be A Difference Maker

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

Anthony Mantha was accustomed to hating this time of year.

The 26-year-old, a 2013 first-round pick of the Red Wings, became a regular for Detroit in 2016-17 -- right after the franchise's NHL record streak of 25 consecutive playoff appearances ended. The Red Wings entered a rebuild, with no end in sight. Finishing toward the bottom of the standings year after year became a grind.

"It sucks," Mantha said. "You're playing hockey because you want to play in the playoffs. And when you don't have the chance, and you just pack every summer to go back home, and you're like, 'I'll just take two weeks off and start training again.' I mean, there's no motivation in that."...

And because it's the Capitals -- who have missed the postseason just once in the past 14 years, and will be vying for championships as long as Alex Ovechkin is on the roster -- it meant a chance to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time.

Asked what he wants fans in Washington to know about him, Mantha replied: "I want them to know that I can be a difference-maker."

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Asked what he wants fans in Washington to know about him, Mantha replied: “I want them to know that I can be a difference-maker.”

They’re only going to know that if he is a difference maker. And he was anything but that in Friday’s game.

The stats folks credited Anthony with four hits. What a joke. Ovechkin hit people. Mantha “bumped into” four people. The rest of the time he was exactly like he was in Detroit – a guy who stands around five feet from any scrum waiting for the puck to pop out.

I have a feeling that the Caps fan are going to end up being very, very disappointed in what Mantha brings to their playoff run.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/17/21 at 12:02 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

“It’s all about puck possession here,” Mantha said. “They want us to keep the puck as long as we can, make the plays at the right time, and if it’s not there, they want a lot of shot attempts or to get the puck back. They want to control the play basically for the whole game. Compared to Detroit, which lately was more of trying to dump a little more, and obviously the confidence wasn’t as high as over here.”
Mantha

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/17/21 at 01:36 PM ET

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Go Bruins!!!!  Why I hate the Bruins?  Knock the Caps out for a better draft pick.  Mantha you could have been the difference here.  $5M+ a year and play hockey, hey I wouldn’t need more motivation than that.  I played hockey for 20 years for free.  You are gone because you weren’t a difference maker.

Posted by MABO on 05/17/21 at 02:51 PM ET

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