Red Wings top Blues in goalie’s debut
Petr Mrazek made 26 saves in his NHL debut, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Detroit halted a two-game skid with its second win in three tries against St. Louis this season.
The Blues, who beat Detroit 6-0 on Jan. 19, dropped their third in a row. They have lost three successive games in regulation for the first time since Feb. 27 to March 5, 2011.
Daniel Cleary and Jakub Kindl scored first-period goals for the Red Wings, who beat St. Louis 5-3 in Detroit on Friday. Cory Emmerton and Damien Brunner added second-period goals 91 seconds apart.
Mrazek, recalled from Grand Rapids on Monday, stopped the first 14 shots he faced. Jimmy Howard, the team’s No. 1 goalie, was given the night off after starting the first nine games of the season.
Cleary scored on the rebound of a shot by Tomas Tatar at 5:14 of the first period. Kindl snapped a wrist shot past Brian Elliott at 11:50.
Elliott, who fell to 3-4-0, was pulled from Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to Nashville after giving up four goals on 11 shots.
St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo cut the deficit to 2-1 with a power-play goal in the second period. It was the Blues’ seventh power-play goal against Detroit this season.
Detroit answered 1:48 later on a goal by Emmerton. Brunner then pushed the lead to 4-1 with his fifth goal of the season.
Valtteri Filppula added an unassisted goal in the third.
Drew Miller had two assists for the Red Wings.
NOTES: St. Louis D Wade Redden appeared in his 1,000th NHL game. … Detroit LW Henrik Zetterberg extended his point streak to seven games with an assist on Brunner’s goal. Zetterberg has 12 points in his last seven contests. … Detroit has scored in the first period in just three of 10 games. … The teams played three times in the first 10 games and will meet two more times this season. … St. Louis has scored at least one power-play goal in its last four games. … Mrazek complied a 16-7-3 record in the minors.