Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke to the media prior to Sunday night’s game, and he praised Petr Mrazek’s stick-to-it-ive-ness in parlaying hard work tweaking his game into on-ice results, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji:
Much as Howard did, Mrazek got to work in the offseason to rebuild his game and become even better.
This season with Howard as the primary starter, Mrazek has maintained the habits he established in the offseason and it is paying dividends now.
Wings coach Jeff Blashill, a former goaltender himself, saw it in the 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Saturday night.
“He made a big save last night in the third on a one-timer in the slot,” Blashill said. “The first rebound got away from him but I thought the save was unreal in the sense that his feet were set, he had made a little shuffle over, his feet were set and then he just leaned into the puck, he didn’t have to reach for it because he had taken that little stutter-step with his feet. That’s a change in his game that he’s worked on over the course of the year so that’s a little goaltending thing that you wouldn’t necessarily notice but when I saw that, I was excited. It just said that he’s continuing to get better.”