Aside from a three-goal flurry at the end of Game 4, Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek has shut out the Lightning over the last three games.
Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots and the Detroit Red Wings rebounded from a disappointing loss to shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Saturday night and take a 3-2 series lead.
Justin Verlander was also at the Wings game, but it appears he was too cool to sit with his teammates.
Mike Babcock does not usually address his team after games. The Detroit Red Wings head coach deviated from that norm Thursday night.
The Red Wings led 2-0 in the third period before Johnson scored with 5:26 remaining. He then assisted on Ondrej Palat’s tying goal 77 seconds later.
Joakim Andersson’s shot bounced routinely off Bishop and up in the air, but when Bishop tried to bat the puck away with his stick, he instead accidentally knocked it back off the crossbar.
The home crowd, of course, loved Abdelkader’s defense of his teammate, and proud chants of “Abby! Abby! Abby! Abby!” filled the arena.
Petr Mrazek made 22 saves for his first postseason shutout.
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Mrazek does not deny that there is pressure to perform, but if it bothers him, he is not admitting it.