Anthony Mantha is playing great after becoming a father

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Anthony Mantha is playing great after becoming a father

Anthony Mantha became a father a few weeks ago, which is an additional motive in his career. After the birth of the child, his great performances immediately followed, as he scored 2 goals in 3 matches. "I guess it's a new strength," Mantha said for

"Ten days old." Anthony did his best to help his team, which he did in the end. Mantha has shown quality, maturity and it seems that this is just the beginning of what is to come. "My goal was to have a good year and, obviously, not [struggling] a couple games and kind of trying to find your game," Mantha said.

"I had a slow start [Saturday] the first period and I just had to wake up in the second and third and I think I helped the team win."

Laviolette on Mantha's impact

Capitals coach Peter Laviolette explained the importance of Mantha "We need him going and moving and bringing pucks to the net like he did by wiggling into the areas," Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said.

"He got more physical as the game went on and that was good." Mantha has had problems with his health in his career, but now he hopes for a different outcome. "I feel like I start every year healthy, but it's just bad luck, I guess," Mantha said. "Hopefully this year, I stay healthy, and I play all 82 games." Oshie believes that Mantha can be one of the most important players.

The most important thing is that he stays healthy. "'Mo,' he is such a presence on the ice," Oshie said. "If he stays healthy, I expect him to be on the scoresheet quite a bit. He is a big player for our team and really helps us with having some size up front with Tommy out of the lineup for a little bit, helps us with skill with Nick being out for a little bit. He's a big part of our team and, when he is healthy, he is going for us."