Mrazek signed a three-year, $11.4 million contract with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. Mrazek was injured for much of the 2020-21 campaign, but he was excellent when healthy, going 6-2-3 with three shutouts while maintaining an impressive 2.06 GAA and .923 save percentage through 12 appearances. He'll have to compete with Jack Campbell for playing time, but if Mrazek is able to establish himself as the Maple Leafs' No. 1 netminder, he could emerge as a valuable fantasy asset on a strong Toronto team.
Mrazek allowed six goals on 26 shots in a 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4 on Saturday. The veteran was unable to replicate his Game 3 performance, yielding four unanswered Tampa Bay goals to close out the game, with the first three coming in the final 5:22 of the second period after the Hurricanes had built a 4-2 lead. It's not yet known whether Carolina will stick with Mrazek or turn back to rookie Alex Nedeljkovic -- who owns a .920 save percentage in the playoffs -- for Game 5 on Tuesday.
Mrazek will guard the road cage during Saturday's Game 4 versus the Lightning, Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal reports. Mrazek was excellent in Thursday's Game 3 against Tampa Bay, stopping 35 of 37 shots en route to a 3-2 victory. The 29-year-old netminder will try to help the Hurricanes even up the series at two games apiece by picking up a second straight win over the Lightning on Saturday.
Mrazek allowed two goals on 37 shots in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Lightning in Game 3. Mrazek made his playoff debut and performed well. Both of the Lightning's goals came with a Hurricane in the penalty box. The 29-year-old goalie had a 2.06 GAA and a .923 save percentage with a 6-2-3 record in 12 regular-season contests this year before beginning the playoffs as Alex Nedeljkovic's backup. With a critical win Thursday, Mrazek is likely to get the starting nod again in Saturday's Game 4.
Mrazek will be between the pipes on the road against the Lightning in Thursday's Game 3, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Mrazek will be making his first appearance in the crease during the playoffs, having last logged minutes versus Nashville on May 10. While Alex Nedeljkovic has hardly struggled in the first two games against the Lightning, as he's sporting a 2.04 GAA and .911 save percentage, the change to Mrazek could fuel the Canes to begin climbing out of their 2-0 series deficit.
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