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Petr Mrazek gets a Shutout

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Andrew Cogliano had played in every single game since making his NHL debut as an Edmonton Oiler in the 2006-07 season. Saturday’s game was his 830th in a row which was fourth all-time in the NHL, behind Doug Jarvis (964), Gary Unger (914) and Steve Larmer (884).


But the streak will come to an end on Monday in Colorado as the NHL has suspended the winger for two games for interfering with Adrian Kempe of the Kings on Saturday. It was a hit to the head as Kempe was unable to defend himself.


Phillip Danault was released from hospital on Sunday after a Zdeno Chara shot from the point hit him in the head. It was a scary moment for the Montreal forward and there was silence from the crowd until Danault was taken off the ice. He is resting at home but there is no word when he will be able to return.


Jaromir Jagr was placed on injured reserve Sunday, retroactive to December 31 when he last suited up. The Flames recalled Ryan Lomberg from Stockton of the AHL to take his place on the roster.


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Every time Petr Mrazek tends the net for the Red Wings, poolies shudder. They probably do not even put him in their lineup even when he gets the rare start.


Heading into action Sunday afternoon, Mrazek had a 3.76 GAA and a .885 save percentage for the Red Wings in 12 games this season. But he was the Mrazek of 2015-16 when he was considered the goalie of the future in Detroit as he stopped all 27 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Red Wings blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0.


Mrazek won his fourth of the season and lowered his GAA to 3.43 and upped his save percentage nine points.


Mrazek was 27-16-6 in 2015-16 with a 2.33 GAA and a .922 save percentage and everyone thought that the Red Wings would not have a goaltending problem for years. It turned out to be only over the summer as Jimmy Howard was pressed into action early last season as Mrazek fell back to earth.


Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist to lead the Red Wings. For Bertuzzi, it was his first goal of the season.


Mike Green and Dylan Larkin also scored for Detroit and Andreas Athanasiou had two assists in the easy victory.


Jeff Glass made 22 saves while giving up all four goals for the Blackhawks as he saw his record dip to 3-2-1 with a 3.18 GAA and a .910 save percentage.


Dan DeKeyser had six blocked shots for the Red wings who had 26 on the day. Chicago had only 16 blocked shots.


Every Chicago blueliner was a minus in the game.             


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Defenseman Dougie Hamilton had two goals and led the Calgary Flames to their seventh straight win as they downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Sunday afternoon.


Hamilton has eight goals this season with 22 points in 45 games, slightly off the pace that he has had the last three seasons but fantasy owners love the plus-13 this year with his 30 penalty minutes.


Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist as he scored his 13th of the season. It was a power play effort.


Matt Stajan opened the scoring with his first of the season in his 35th game of the season.


Mike Smith was stellar in the Calgary cage stopping 38 shots as only Lee Stempniak’s power play goal beat him to ruin his shutout bid.


It was his sixth straight win as he has given up only 12 goals in the six contests. He is 20-13-3 with a 2.46 GAA and a .924 save percentage.


Scott Darling made 26 saves while giving up four goals for the loss as he is 9-12-6 with a 2.94 GAA and a .895 save percentage. The Hurricanes doled out lots of money in the off-season for Darling’s services and they have been disappointed thus far.


Sebastian Aho was injured 45 seconds into the third period when he took a shot to the head from Mark Giordano. He did not return and Giordano will likely face some NHL discipline in the next day or two as he was assessed a match penalty. He picked up 20 penalty minutes for his misdeed while Justin Williams, who came to Aho’s defense, got two, five and a misconduct.




Carl Hagelin, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each had a goal an and assist to lead the Penguins to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers.


It was only Hagelin’s third goal of the season as the Penguins have not been getting scoring from their bottom-six forwards. With the assist, Hagelin has 10 points this season.


It’s been a far different story for Kessel who scored his 20th of the season and has 52 points this season which leads the Penguins and ties him for seventh overall in NHL scoring. He has 29 power play points which leads the NHL.


Crosby has been hot of late with 11 points in his last four games to get to 17 goals and 47 points in 46 games.


The Rangers actually led 2-1 after the first period as Patric Hornqvist opened the scoring for the Penguins before Brendan Smith with his first of the season and Michael Grabner with his 19th (all at even strength) gave the New Yorkers the lead.


But it was all Penguins after that as they outshot the Rangers 47-28 on the night including 34-15 over the last two periods.


Dominik Simon scored his first career NHL goal to tie it up at 2.


Tristan Jarry stopped 26 shots for the win as he started his fourth straight game and second on the weekend as Matt Murray was unavailable due to a family emergency. He is 9-3-2 with a 2.33 GAA and a .923 save percentage. The rookie has been a big part of the Penguins resurgence of late.


Henrik Lundqvist gave up four goals on 46 shots in taking the loss. He is 19-11-4 with a 2.58 GAA and a .923 save percentage.


Jamie Oleksiak had a big fantasy game as he had a pair of assists as well as 17 penalty minutes. He fought Smith of the Rangers and took an instigator penalty as well as a fighting major and a misconduct.




Brandon Sutter returned to action for the first time since November 24 and scored the overtime winner to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 OT win over the Wild.


Sutter had been out of action with a groin injury and missed 21 games before his return Sunday.


Jason Zucker opened the scoring with a power play goal one tick short of the five-minute mark of the first period.  It was his 17th goal of the season.


Loui Eriksson tied it up at 1 with 3:03 to go in the first as he potted his first goal in 19 games as he had not scored since November 29. Eriksson got off to a very good start with 11 points in his first 15 games but has struggled of late as the two point night gives him only his fourth and fifth points in his 18 games.


There was no scoring in the second period but Daniel Winnik’s fifth of the season gave the Wild a 2-1 lead before Thomas Vanek scored his 13th of the season with only 3:12 left in the third.


Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 shots to improve his record to 12-14-5 with a 2.72 GAA and a .909 save percentage.


Devan Dubnyk had given up only one goal in each of his last two games but saw the win streak end with the Sutter goal. He turned aside 22 shots in taking the loss as he is 17-9-3 with a 2.61 GAA and a .919 save percentage.


Alexander Edler had two assists.


The Wild scored on their only power play chance while the Canucks were 0-1 with the man-advantage.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 15th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.