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Wings' Petr Mrazek makes save of the playoffs – and maybe, the year – against Bolts' Brian Boyle

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Wings' Petr Mrazek makes save of the playoffs – and maybe, the year – against Bolts' Brian Boyle

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Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek has been one of his team's best players in their first-round series against Tampa Bay. And Monday night in Game 6, Mrazek made the save of the post-season – and maybe the save of the entire NHL regular-season and playoffs – with an incredible stick save on Bolts center Brian Boyle.

Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek is one of the reasons Detroit is leading Tampa Bay three games to two in their first-round playoff series, and Monday in Game 6, Mrazek made his best stop of the post-season – and maybe the best save any NHL goalie has made all year – by turning aside a Brian Boyle shot with his stick.

The Wings were trailing the Bolts 2-0 early in the second period when Bolts center Vladislav Namestnikov broke in on Mrazek on a 2-on-1, and a great pass by Namestnikov left Boyle with a wide-open net to shoot at. But Mrazek somehow managed to get his stick in front of the shot to keep Tampa's lead at two:

When the TV play-by-play announcer is reflexively talking as if you've allowed a goal and you managed to turn aside the shot, you've done something special. Expect to see this highlight replayed for years.

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Wings' Petr Mrazek makes save of the playoffs – and maybe, the year – against Bolts' Brian Boyle