Petr Mrazek stopped 27 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins opened the Calder Cup Final by defeating the Syracuse Crunch 3-1 Saturday night.
"When I'm busy, I like that, so I felt great today," Mrazek told Mlive.com. "Guys helped me stop a lot of chances and so that is important for us tonight."
Mitch Callahan's goal 6:45 into the game gave the visiting Griffins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, a 1-0 lead. Riley Sheahan, Detroit's first-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, doubled the lead when he beat Cedrick Desjardins for an unassisted goal at the 12-minute mark of the third period.
"We wanted to set the tone first and not really wait to see what they do," Callahan said. "We wanted to control the game and we wanted to dictate the outcome and not wait back and see what they would do first."