Petr Mrazek (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Red Wings have been experiencing some issues in goal of late, as neither Jimmy Howard nor Petr Mrazek has shown much in the way of consistency. But Tuesday against Ottawa, Mrazek wowed Detroit's home crowd with an absolutely stunning stop on Senators winger Mark Stone.
The Red Wings have been dealing with some goaltending issues of late, with neither starter Jimmy Howard nor No. 2 Petr Mrazek showing consistency between the pipes. But in a crucial Tuesday game against Ottawa, Mrazek came up with a gigantic save – in this particular instance, on Sens winger Mark Stone – Detroit is hoping to see more of as the playoffs loom.
The visiting Sens are six points behind the Wings for third in the Atlantic Division, and Detroit has to worry about the Boston Bruins (only three points behind them) as well, so they needed Mrazek to give them a chance to win. And that's what he did with his lunging right pad stop on Stone early in the first period at Joe Louis Arena:
Mrazek's huge save kept the contest scoreless. It also likely gave Red Wings fans some relief, however momentary, to see the 23-year-old displaying his athleticism and resilience after struggling in three of his past four games. They'll need that in the weeks to come.