Mrazek Leads Wings to 5-1 Win over Blues in Debut

Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek carried the Red Wings to a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night, allowing the fewest number of goals by a Red Wings rookie in his debut game since Kevin Hodson blanked the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 1996.

Mrazek stopped 26 St. Louis shots in the effort. He was only beaten when Alex Steen found Alex Pietrangelo wide open in the left faceoff circle on a Blues' power play with 4:15 left in the second. Mrazek couldn't get over to cover the open side of the net in time and Pietrangelo lifted a shot in to cut Detroit's lead to 2-1.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring 5:14 into the game, when Daniel Cleary scored his first goal of the year by following up his own rebound and knocking the puck past Brian Elliot from the top of the crease. It was the first goal of the season by one of the Wings' bottom six forwards.

Contributions from Detroit's secondary scoring continued with 8:10 left in the period, as Jakub Kindl's shot from above the top of the right faceoff circle deflected off of St. Louis' Kevin Shattenkirk and past Elliot to make it 2-0.

After Pietrangelo's goal, Cory Emmerton got the Red Wings back in control with 2:27 left in the second. Emmerton corralled the puck at the edge of the crease off a pass from Jordin Tootoo and shoveled it past Elliot.

Damien Brunner added one more goal before the end of the period to make it 4-1 with 56 seconds remaining. Henrik Zetterberg won a faceoff in the Blues' zone back to Jonathan Ericsson, who's shot from the point was blocked but knocked out to Brunner in the slot for a wrister in behind Elliot.

Valtteri Filppula rounded out the scoring with 6:25 left in the third and the teams skating four-on-four. The Blues couldn't hold in a pass at the Detroit blue line and the puck came out to the neutral zone, where Filppula raced past Andy McDonald and Wade Redden to break in all alone on Elliot and flip a shot past him.

Elliot finished the night with 24 saves on 29 shots against.

Detroit failed to score on their lone power play chance of the night. They killed off two of three St. Louis power plays.

The Red Wings return to Joe Louis Arena on Saturday to host the Edmonton Oilers.


Notes: Kent Huskins and Patrick Eaves were healthy scratches for the Red Wings... Jonas Gustavsson, Darren Helm, Jan Mursak, Mikael Samuelsson, Carlo Colaiacovo, Brendan Smith and Joey MacDonald all remain out with injuries.

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Alright, I'm still recovering from a sudden migraine so this might be an odd game preview...


Petr Mrazek makes his first career NHL start tonight as the Red Wings visit the St. Louis Blues. He's the second consecutive Red Wings rookie goalie to debut against St. Louis, as Tom McCollum made his only in-game appearance for Detroit against the Blues on March 30, 2011, allowing three goals on eight shots in under 15 minutes of play.


Tomas Tatar remains in the lineup at forward, skating on the third line now.


On the blue line, Jakub Kindl swaps in for Kent Huskins after swapping out for Brian Lashoff last game.


The Blues will have Brian Elliot starting in goal as Jaroslav Halak remains injured.


Game time is 8:00 PM on FSD.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2013 at 7:33 PM

 
Lots of play in the Wings' zone early.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2013 at 8:13 PM

 

Cleary got tired of the haters.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2013 at 8:15 PM

 

Cleary and Kindl. Bizzaro...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2013 at 8:29 PM

 

Power play shows there are still things to work on, but that was the Wings' best period since the last St. Louis game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2013 at 8:44 PM

 

Dammit. Pietrangelo was open for an hour just waiting for the puck over there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2013 at 9:36 PM

 

Secondary scoring! Emmerton restores the two-goal lead!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2013 at 9:39 PM

 

Been researching Red Wings rookie goalie shutout streaks. http://dhn96.us/162x82

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2013 at 10:02 PM

 

Clark, you called it! So far, they have been ready for St Louis.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/7/2013 at 10:02 PM

 
Good PK there. Blues didn't look like they were trying too hard but it was important given how special teams have been.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2013 at 10:31 PM

 
Petr Mrazek

Petr Mrazek
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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