Some of the Detroit Red Wings didn't know what to expect from Petr Mrazek Thursday night. It didn't take long for the rookie goaltender long to show everybody what the future might look like in the Red Wings' net. Mrazek, who began the season in the ECHL before becoming an AHL All-Star, made his NHL debut against the powerful St. Louis Blues after being called up by the Red Wings Sunday and he turned aside 26 shots in a 5-1 victory at Scottrade Center. "It's unbelievable," said Mrazek, who turns 21 next week. "It's like a dream. When I went to Toledo (of the ECHL) I didn't think I might play my first NHL game this season. It's a dream come true because as a kid you're always thinking about the NHL and now it happens. So I'm happy. I hope it continues. "I felt great today before the game so I was really excited to play my first NHL game. I tried to stop what I could. I'm never nervous. I went out there and enjoyed every minute on the ice." Mrazek's new teammates didn't know much about him because he spent the past three seasons playing for the Ottawa 67's of the OHL and wasn't even in the Red Wings' plans when the season began. But the Red Wings needed to give Jimmy Howard some relief after he started their first nine games of the season and with Jonas Gustavsson (groin) and Joey MacDonald (back) still on the shelf, they turned to their fifth-round pick (141st overall) from the 2010 NHL entry draft. "He's awesome," said forward Cory Emmerton, who was one of five Red Wings to score. "I didn't really know what to expect but he was great. He had no problem playing the puck. He looked very confident. He made huge stops.
Detroit Red Wings impressed with rookie Petr Mrazek in NHL debut, a 5-1 victory in St. Louis
Michigan Live | Feb 8