Mantha is on 🔥🔥 at Worlds -- let's check in

Anthony Mantha of Canada on May 12, 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Anthony Mantha of Canada on May 12, 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Dave Bartkowiak Jr. | dbartkowiak@wdiv.com

Anthony Mantha is having a tournament. 

The Detroit Red Wings forward has 7 goals in five games played for Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. He scored that beautiful between-the-legs goal this weekend against Germany -- watch here. 👀😯 Sure, yeah, it might have been going wide if not for the goalie stick handle ... but it's a beauty either way. 

Russia's Nikita Kucherov leads the tournament with 12 points -- Mantha is one shy with 11. But Mantha is leading everyone in goals. 

Meanwhile, Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek leads all defensemen in the tournament with 7 points. Hronek is playing for Czech Republic. And Dylan Larkin has had a strong tournament so far with 2 goals and 2 assists in five games with the USA. One of Larkin's goals was an overtime winner. Luke Glendening also is playing for USA and Tyler Bertuzzi is playing for Canada. 

Oliwer Kaski, the 23-year-old Finnish defenseman who is signing with the Red Wings, has an assist in this tournament. 

I've been catching some of these games here and there on NHL Network. The competition varies widely, of course, because sometimes countries like Italy and Great Britain are, well, "competing." There are 16 countries icing teams in this, split into a Group A and Group B. Finland and Canada are leading Group A with Germany showing a strong team right up there with them. The USA is actually lagging behind the Germans in the Group A standings. 

Over in Group B, Russia is leading with Switzerland, Czech Republic and Sweden all right there. 

Take a look at the standings: 

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