In Red Wings Land
This is the second straight year Mantha has missed time after deciding a teammate needed his help. Last season he missed a month after injuring a hand fighting Patrik Nemeth (now a teammate, but then with Colorado) after Nemeth hit Dylan Larkin. Mantha missed the last five games of the 2016-17 season after injuring a finger fighting Tampa Bay’s Luke Witkowski, who challenged Mantha because of a hit in a prior game on Gregg McKegg.
Asked if he second-guesses his decision, Mantha didn’t hesitate to respond: “No. No.”
The headline for this article is dumb. Anthony Mantha is not soft. However, I do want Mantha to stop thinking he’s got to fight other players. I know this time it was a slew foot by Jake Muzzin that caused the injury and not a fight, but the Red Wings need him to be healthy if they’re ever going to turn all these losses into wins.
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Naw. Shoot your shot.
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Well, we can all rest easy now.