Mrazek, Wings blank Lightning, cut series deficit

Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:05am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Detroit Red Wings turned up their intensity and got back into their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Petr Mrazek made 16 saves for his third career playoff shutout in Detroit's 2-0 win over Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the series Sunday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The Lightning lead the best-of-seven series two games to one. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Detroit.

"I thought we did a good job from the start of the game tonight all the way through," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought we played well on both sides of the puck."

Mrazek replaced Jimmy Howard, who started the first two games of the series.

"It's always harder when you don't have many pucks on the net," Mrazek said. "But I tried to stay focused, and guys did a great job in front of me, blocking lots of shots and didn't give them any easy chances."

Andreas Athanasiou and Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit.

"I thought we played pretty good," said Zetterberg, the Red Wings captain. "We minimized our mistakes, tried to stay out of the box as much as possible and played in their end."

Ben Bishop made 28 saves for Tampa Bay.   Continued...

Apr 17, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) makes the save against Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) during the first period in game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports