Mrazek will tend the twine for Game 5 versus Boston on Wednesday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. After suffering losses in each of his last two outings, Mrazek has found himself sharing the crease with James Reimer. Even in those appearances, the 27-year-old Mrazek still posted a solid .923 save percentage. If the netminder struggles in Game 5, the Canes won't play again until December.
Mrazek stopped 36 shots Saturday during the Hurricanes' 3-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of their first-round series. Boston's final goal was scored into an empty net, but Mrazek could hardly be faulted for either of the first two -- one came when Charlie Coyle batted a puck out of midair past him on the power play, while the other came on a tipped shot from the faceoff circle with Sami Vatanen partially screening him. Mrazek has lost both of his starts in this series but he's seen a huge volume of rubber, posting a .923 save percentage on 78 shots, so it's not clear whether he'll be in net again Monday for Game 4 or whether coach Rod Brind'Amour will turn back to James Reimer.
Mrazek will guard the cage during Saturday's Game 3 versus Boston. James Reimer got the nod for Game 2, making 33 saves in a 3-2 win, but Mrazek will be back in goal for the Hurricanes' third game in four days. The 28-year-old netminder wasn't great in Game 1 against the Bruins, surrendering four goals on 40 shots en route to a 4-3 defeat in double overtime. However, Boston will be without its leading scorer in David Pastrnak on Saturday, so Mrazek should have a better shot at picking up a win this time around.
Mrazek allowed four goals on 40 shots Wednesday in a 4-3 double-overtime loss to Boston in Game 1. It took two extra sessions Wednesday to do it, but the Bruins handed Mrazek his first loss of the 2020 postseason. The 28-year-old won both of his starts during Carolina's qualifying series, posting a sparkling 1.50 GAA and .940 save percentage against the Rangers. Mrazek and the Hurricanes were done in by Boston's top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand (six points combined) in Game 1 and that will be a storyline to watch as the series progresses.
Mrazek will get the starting nod against the Bruins in Game 1 on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Mrazek went 2-0 in the opening play-in series with the Rangers before James Reimer took the series-clinching Game 3. With another back-to-back on tap due to Game 1 being postponed, it's certainly possible Reimer will take Thursday's Game 2. In the meantime, Mrazek will look to continue shutting down a Bruins first line that combined for just one point in three round-robin clashes.
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