Despite the loss, the Red Wings return home for Game 3 on Tuesday night feeling fortunate the series is tied.
Petr Mrazek had 44 saves in his NFL playoff debut to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Detroit forward Darren Helm said of the upcoming series against Tampa Bay, “but that’s the fun part of it.”
Howard would not speculate what Babcock’s decision to go with Mrazek for the first game of the playoffs means for his future in Detroit.
The upcoming playoffs could be the last for Mike Babcock as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins took so long to clinch a playoff berth, they almost missed the postseason altogether.
“Detroit has one of the highest unemployment rates, and I need to make sure that Detroit residents are hired…”
“There’s risk in anything you do,” Babcock said Monday after he announced Mrazek will start the first playoff game against Tampa Bay.
Landon Ferraro scored his first career goal in the opening minute and Joakim Andersson added an empty-netter with 2:20 left to help the playoff-bound Red Wings clinch the Atlantic Division’s No. 3 seed.
About 10 months ago, Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock thought the team had no chance of making the playoffs.