Mrazek Earns First Win in St. Louis
The Detroit Red Wings were back stopped by rookie netminder Petr Mrazek in a 5-1 victory in the young goalie's first NHL game against the St. Louis Blues.
Mrazek, a native of the Czech Republic, stopped 26 shots and only let in a powerplay goal to win his first NHL game.
Dan Cleary, Jakub Kindl, Cory Emmerton, Damien Brunner and Valterri Filppula all scored for the Wings. Alex Pietrangelo replied for St. Louis.
Cleary's goal was set up by Tomas Tatar in the first period after Cleary drove the net and stuffed a rebound past Brian Elliott. Cleary had no points in the first nine games of the season and got the monkey off his back early.
Kindl then fired a shot from the point that went in off Kevin Shattenkirk to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.
Pietrangelo cut the lead in half on the powerplay, beating Mrazek on a nifty pass from Alex Steen. The lead didn't last long, as Emmerton displayed some slick hands on a Jordin Tootoo rebound to restore the two goal lead.
With 56 seconds left, Henrik Zetterberg won the faceoff to Damien Brunner, who potted his fifth goal of the season. Filppula rounded out the scoring on abreakaway in the third period.
The story of the game was Mrazek standing tall in his first NHL game. He looked confident and played with swagger. Look for him to get another start in the next few games.
The Red Wings take on the Edmonton Oilers Saturday at the Joe Louis Arena.