Mrazek stops 31 shots, blanks Islanders in Game 1


Petr Mrazek turned aside all 31 shots he faced in Friday’s 1-0 overtime win over the New York Islanders in Game 1.

Mrazek and Islanders goalie Robin Lehner both turned in great efforts tonight, but only Mrazek was rewarded with a victory. He becomes just the third goalie in franchise history to post two shutouts in a single playoff year (Cam Ward and Kevin Weeks also reached that mark). The 27-year-old now owns a 5-3 record and he’s been victorious in each of his last three outings. He’ll enter Game 2 with a 2.22 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage.

Jordan Staal scored the GWG

Staal was able to capitalize on a favorable bounce off the backboards. Staal has come up with some huge goals in the postseason this year, as he scored the game-winner in Game 6 against Washington, the game-tying goal in Game 7 against the Caps and the overtime goal tonight. The 30-year-old has accumulated four points in his last three games and he’s up to four goals and seven points in eight games this postseason. Nino Niederreiter and Brett Pesce picked up the assists on the only goal of the game.