“We’re only going to get better,” Holland said. “One of the ways we’re going to get better is our players are going to compete.”
Champ: Petr Mrazek’s play through gave five against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Chump: Doug Karsch for not thinking the Red Wings could win in Tampa.
Ben Bishop made 22 saves for the Lightning, although it was his counterpart, Petr Mrazek, who had the stop of the night — and maybe the season.
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Mrazek does not deny that there is pressure to perform, but if it bothers him, he is not admitting it.
“Tonight’s a good win, and Mrazek stood tall for us,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said.
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.
“There’s risk in anything you do,” Babcock said Monday after he announced Mrazek will start the first playoff game against Tampa Bay.
Petr Mrazek will start in goal for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their playoff series against Tampa Bay.
“He won last time out, he’s our veteran guy,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said. “And now Jimmy, the ball’s in his court right here.”