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Just two nights after scoring in his Washington Capitals debut, forward Anthony Mantha notched his second goal in as many games as a member of the team on Nicklas Backstrom’s big night.
With the Capitals down 3-1 against the Buffalo Sabres, Mantha put a backhand past Sabres goaltender Dustin Tokarski.
Mo of this pic.twitter.com/BDdJHkkVWw
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 16, 2021
By scoring his second goal in as many games with his new team, Mantha became the eighth player to score in each of his first two or more games with the team and first since 2002-03.
Anthony Mantha is just the eighth player in @Capitals history to score a goal in each of his first two or more games with the franchise and first since Sergei Berezin in 2002-03 (3 GP). #NHLStats https://t.co/spfWufgzbi
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 16, 2021
Backstrom recorded an assist on the play in his 1,000th career game. The assist was his team-leading 31st and his fifth point in his last three games.
Nicklas Backstrom recorded his team-leading 31st assist of the season on Mantha’s goal. Backstrom has recorded five points (1g, 4a) in his last three games.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 16, 2021
Mantha off to a good start, but it’s only two games. Too small of a sample size to make any kind of judgement.