Petr Mrazek got the better of Patric Hornqvist in almost every facet of the game Sunday, stopping seven of his shots, winning a disputed goal call with him in the crease and showing him up with a beautiful Statue of Liberty save.
Petr Mrazek was all-world in net for the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, turning aside 42 of 43 shots to help the Wings to a gutsy 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Red Wings rebounded from an embarrassing 7-4 loss in Philadelphia to hammer Pittsburgh, in large part thanks to the steely-eyed resolve of Petr Mrazek.
The Penguins tried to pound Mrazek and the Wings into submission all afternoon, led chiefly by net-crasher Patric Hornqvist.
Hornqvist and Mrazek were key players in the most controversial play of the game, a non-goal called back for arguably the wrong reason.
Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson checked Hornqvist into the crease during a Pens power play, and Hornqvist ended up throwing the puck out to a teammate with his hand during the ensuing melee. The Pens scored, Mrazek flipped out and the referees huddled up to chat the whole thing out.
Here’s the play. There’s no doubt Mrazek is being obstructed from playing his position, but is it Hornqvist’s fault?
The refs ultimately ruled it a no-goal due to goaltender interference, despite the fact Ericsson was responsible for Hornqvist falling into the crease in the first place.
If anything, the glove pass should have been the reason to call it back.
Either way, Mrazek’s battle didn’t end there. He also lost his helmet on an Ian Cole blast to the head.
But that wasn’t enough to get Mrazek off his game, and his Wings kept their collective cool while the Pens ran into big-time penalty trouble.
Hornqvist stayed out of penalty trouble and was the Penguins’ best player on the ice, notching a game-high seven shots on net and tallying an assist on Pittsburgh’s lone goal.
But he couldn’t beat Mrazek. In fact, Mrazek made a big show of stopping the pesky Pens forward in the second with a Statue of Liberty save he held up for all to see.
Check it out.
With all the bad blood in the game, it kind of makes you hope these two teams meet in the playoffs.
And it definitely makes you hope we see more Mrazek vs. Hornqvist in the years ahead.