Watch: Anthony Mantha scores first goal at Little Caesars Arena

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/det/" data-ylk="slk:Detroit Red Wings">Detroit Red Wings</a> forward <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/5999/" data-ylk="slk:Anthony Mantha">Anthony Mantha</a> scored the first goal in the history of Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha scored the first goal in the history of Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

It seemed certain that Gustav Nyquist was to claim a segment of Detroit sports history Thursday as he pulled the puck around the poke check of Devan Dubnyk to create a wide-open net for himself as he steamed in on a breakaway. This was until the Minnesota Wild netminder succeeded with his best impression of Dominik Hasek – the unconventional netminder who starred in Detroit for several seasons and helped deliver it a Stanley Cup.

So instead, several moments after the hit of nostalgia for the home crowd, the first goal scored in the history of Little Caesars Arena – the state-of-the-art facility that has officially replaced Joe Louis Arena as the home of the Red Wings – went to Anthony Mantha.

Watch Detroit’s young star locate a loose puck momentarily lost in his equipment and bang in the icebreaker at the new barn on a 5-on-3 Thursday versus the visiting Wild.

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