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Mrazek wins NHL debut, Red Wings beat Blues 5-1
DETROIT 5, ST LOUIS 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Petr Mrazek showed the composure of a seasoned
veteran.



The 20-year-old goalie made 26 saves in his NHL debut, leading
the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues
on Thursday night.



Detroit halted a two-game skid with its second win in three
tries against St. Louis this season.



The Blues, who beat Detroit 6-0 on Jan. 19, dropped their third
in a row. They have lost three successive games in regulation
for the first time since Feb. 27 to March 5, 2011.



Daniel Cleary and Jakub Kindl scored first-period goals for the
Red Wings, who beat St. Louis 5-3 in Detroit on Friday. Cory
Emmerton and Damien Brunner added second-period goals 91 seconds
apart.



Mrazek, recalled from Grand Rapids on Monday, stopped the first
14 shots he faced. He used a cool, calm demeanor to stymie the
Blues down the stretch, making 10 saves in the final period.



"I'm never nervous. I enjoyed every minute on the ice," Mrazek
said. "It was unbelievable, like a dream."



Jimmy Howard, the team's No. 1 goalie, was given the night off
after starting the first nine games of the season.



Mrazek came through with an impressive effort, stopping the
final 11 shots by the Blues.



"He never panicked whatsoever," Detroit defenseman Niklas
Kronwall said. "I thought he was square to the puck all night
long."



Mrazek allowed a second-period goal to Alex Pietrangelo, but was
perfect the rest of the way.



"When you're a kid you're always dreaming about the NHL," he
said. "Now it's happened and I am so happy. (I've) got the puck
and I will keep it forever."



Detroit jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 11:50. Cleary
scored on the rebound of a shot by Tomas Tatar at 5:14 of the
first period. Kindl then snapped a wrist shot past Brian
Elliott.



Elliott, who fell to 3-4-0, was pulled from Tuesday's 6-1 loss
to Nashville after giving up four goals on 11 shots.



Pietrangelo cut the deficit to 2-1 with a power-play goal. It
was the Blues' seventh power-play goal against Detroit this
season.



Detroit answered 1:48 later on a goal by Emmerton. Brunner then
pushed the lead to 4-1 with his fifth goal of the season.



Valtteri Filppula added an unassisted goal in the third, giving
the Red Wings five different goal scorers.



"Anytime you get depth in scoring, it's a positive thing,"
Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought our discipline was
pretty good. We responded and we really pushed."



Drew Miller had two assists for the Red Wings.



St. Louis won six of its first seven games before dropping three
in a row. The Blues have lost their last two home games by a
combined 11-2.



"When you have players (playing) under the bar, it's tough to
win hockey games," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're cheating all
over the ice. Our team game is not good right now."



The struggling Elliott has given up nine goals on 40 shots in
his last two games.



"Goals are going to go in. The best goaltenders in the world let
in goals," he said. "So you can't be too hard on yourself. We'll
figure it out. It's just a matter of time."



NOTES: St. Louis D Wade Redden appeared in his 1,000th NHL game.
... Detroit LW Henrik Zetterberg extended his point streak to
seven games with an assist on Brunner's goal. Zetterberg has 12
points in his last seven contests. ... Detroit has scored in the
first period in just three of 10 games. ... The teams played
three times in the first 10 games and will meet two more times
this season. ... St. Louis has scored at least one power-play
goal in its last four games. ... Mrazek complied a 16-7-3 record
in the minors.

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