This might surprise those people who know Anthony Mantha as a goal scorer.

And, let’s face it, since being promoted to the Red Wings last season, Mantha has done a good job scoring goals, something he was so prolific at in junior hockey.

But there was a play during Sunday’s victory in Edmonton that Mantha enjoyed just as much, or even more.

And it didn’t involve scoring a goal.

It was a linemate, in this case Martin Frk, scoring a goal.

“For me, making plays is just as good as scoring goals,” Mantha said.

Andreas Athanasiou started the play by forcing Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse into a turnover.

Mantha retrieved the puck and skated into a 2-on-1 rush with Frk. Mantha froze the defender and goalie Cam Talbot with a move, then deftly passed the puck to Frk.

Unleashing his patented one-timer, Frk scored and ended a goal-scoring drought of 10 games.

Mantha looked just as excited as Frk upon the puck going into the net.

“If you look at the best players in the league, guys like (Edmonton’s) Connor McDavid, he’s going to score 30 or 40 goals but he’ll get 70 assists and he’s a great playmaker and that’s just going to help the team.


“For me, it is (exciting to be a playmaker). When Frk scored that one, I was happy for him as I would have been had I shot the puck.”

By the way, Mantha happened to get into the goal scoring department himself Sunday, scoring his seventh goal – and scoring for the third consecutive game.