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Petr Mrazek Stands Tall in Debut as Detroit Red Wings Blitz St. Louis Blues

February 8th, 2013 at 4:02 PM
By Frank Vajcner

When asked if he was nervous about making his NHL debut, Petr Mrazek said, "I'm never nervous."

The 20-year old rookie netminder for the Detroit Red Wings backed up his words Thursday night, stopping 26 of 27 shots in his debut as the Red Wings handled the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-1.

"I wasn't nervous. I enjoyed every minute on the ice," Mrazek said. "It was unbelievable, like a dream."

Mrazek had stopped the first 14 shots he faced, and held the Blues scoreless for 35 minutes before allowing a power play goal by the Blues' Alex Pietrangelo.

"When you're a kid you're always dreaming about the NHL," he said. "Now it's happened and I am so happy. (I've) got the puck and I will keep it forever."

The Red Wings have outscored the Blues 10-4 in the two meetings since getting embarrassed 6-0 in the season opener.

Danny Cleary got the scoring started at 5:14 of the first after he knocked a rebound past Brian Elliott for his first of the year. It was the first goal accounted by a Red Wings' bottom six forward this season.

Jakub Kindl added his first goal of the year after he beat Elliott with a wrist shot off of a faceoff win by Cory Emmerton at 11:50.

Pietrangelo scored the lone goal for the Blues at 15:45 of the second on a power play.

The Red Wing then put their foot on the accelerator as Emmerton scored his first goal of the year at 17:33 after he beat Elliott off of a rebound. Damien Brunner added his fifth of the year 91 seconds later to make it 4-1.

Valtteri Filppula scored his third goal of the year on a breakaway at 13:35 to put the game out of reach. In all, five different players scored a goal for the Wings, which left head coach Mike Babcock pleased.

"Anytime you get depth in scoring, it's a positive thing," Mike Babcock said. "I thought our discipline was pretty good. We responded and we really pushed."

NOTES: Red Wing's forward Johan Franzen was ejected for spearing Blues' winger David Perron in the third period. Franzen will not be receiving any supplemental discipline for the incident…Henrik Zetterberg extended his point streak to seven games with an assist on Brunner's goal. Zetterberg has tallied six of his 14 points against the Blues this season…The Red Wings' bottom six forwards combined for eight points in the game, after combining for one in the previous nine…Among those picking up their first points this season were Cleary, Kindl, Emmerton (2), Drew Miller (2), Jordin Tootoo, and Tomas Tatar.

THREE STARS:

  1. DET Cory Emmerton (goal, assist)
  2. DET Petr Mrazek (W, 26 saves, .963 save percentage)
  3. DET Drew Miller (2 assists)
Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Petr Mrazek, St. Louis Blues

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