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Mrazek and Thornton get 2 for slashing plus Thornton receives 2 for roughing.
added 12/6/19 at 12:02pm, Pretty funny tweet below.
Five minutes of saves by Petr Mrazek from the 2018-19 NHL season.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Petr Mrazek's joy at making a return from injury for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final was short-lived.
"I wish I could have won that game," the Carolina Hurricanes goalie said after a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday.
Mrazek made 23 saves in his first game since April 28, when he sustained a lower-body injury during the second period of Game 2 of the second round against the New York Islanders.
The Hurricanes did not announce who would be the starter until minutes before the game, when Mrazek led the team out for warmup. Curtis McElhinney, who finished the game in which McElhinney was injured, making 17 saves in a 2-1 win, started and won Game 3 and Game 4 (each 5-2) to sweep the best-of-7 series.
"I don't think it was difficult to come back," Mrazek said. "It was [10 days] to be out, so it wasn't a longer period. I felt good right away and couldn't complain."
At the time of the injury, Mrazek thought his absence could have been longer.
Canes say LBI, will not return.
from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,
The Carolina Hurricanes have been a fun team this year, even if they are all just a bunch of jerks. And nobody is having as much fun as Petr Mrazek, who simply can’t be beat right now.
With his 38-save shutout against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, Mrazek has won his past six starts, a streak that began midway through February. His fourth shutout of the year was nothing short of incredible. These are the types of game-stealing victories he has been capable of in his career, and in a season full of ups and down, Mrazek has given the Hurricanes some life between the pipes.
Mrazek was seen as a reclamation project of sorts when he joined the Hurricanes last summer. Once regarded as a top young goaltending prospect with the Detroit Red Wings, Mrazek wasn’t able to steal the starting job away from Jimmy Howard and was traded to Philadelphia last season for two conditional draft picks, where he went on to finish with a 6-6-3 record in 17 games. As a result, he wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by the Flyers (who, of course, have used eight goalies this season).
But on a low-risk, high-reward deal with Carolina, Mrazek has played some of his best hockey to date, sporting an 18-12-3 record and doing a nice job of taking over the starting role for the Hurricanes, likely playing well enough to have set a new career high for wins had he not missed time due to injury.
130 seconds to take it all in.
from Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
The Czech goaltender signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes shortly after free agency opened on Sunday, July 1.
It's a relatively low-risk, high-reward signing for the Hurricanes, who rounded out their goaltending duo of Scott Darling and Mrazek for the 2018-19 season. For Mrazek, the one-year term is a chance to prove his worth in the NHL.
"It's something that puts me a little bit more under pressure," Mrazek said on a conference call. "That's something that I like to play under in the game, when there's more pressure on me."
"At 26 years of age, we felt there's still upside," President and General Manager Don Waddell said. "The age was a big factor for us. He's still a young player with a lot to prove, and he's determined to prove it."
from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,
With Flyers goalies Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth sidelined because of injuries, the spotlight is shining directly at Petr Mrazek.
So far, the results have been mixed.
Mrazek was superb in his first three games with his new team, including a 1-0 shootout win in Montreal. He won all three games and allowed a total of four goals.
But he has lost his last three games (0-2-1), surrendering 14 goals in that span.
It is that kind of inconsistency that caused Detroit to deal him to the Flyers on Feb. 19 for a pair of conditional draft picks.
from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,
Petr Mrazek has been around the Flyers for a week and a half, still using a plain white helmet decorated with the remnants of the equipment room’s sticker drawer and he’s become one of the most important pieces of the team.
He’s already joking around with his new teammates and taking in post-practice ping-pong games as if he had been around all season. It’s been a trial by fire both on and off the ice.
“We have a really tight group,” defenseman Ivan Provorov said. “All the guys get along. There’s no bad guys on the team. I think we tried to make it, for Petr, as comfortable as he can be in the first couple days. I think the boys did a good job welcoming him and he’s done a good job himself coming in and playing great. At this time, it’s important that the guys are on the right page and have a good relationship with each other.”
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
If Mrazek lights it up in the NHL’s goalie graveyard, the Flyers will have the opportunity to qualify and keep him. Or, they could work out a deal for less, much in the same way they did with in 2013.
Most importantly, Mrazek has playoff experience. Elliott has a lot of work to do to recover from core muscle surgery. The oft-injured Neuvirth will be out “weeks,” according to Hextall. And Mrazek’s playoff numbers (.931 save percentage in 10 starts) are significantly better than Elliott's postseason numbers.
The Flyers made a small bet. It’s up to Mrazek to deliver the payoff – for his future, the Flyers, and even the Red Wings.
“He was the available guy that really intrigued us,” Hextall said. “We know how capable he is … He’s played extremely well over the last month. I think he’s had some really good times in his career where he’s been a very good goalie and he can be a difference maker.”
And the better save of the night goes to?
Or Petr Mrazek?
Right on his stick...