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Mrazek starts for Red Wings in Game 3 vs. Lightning

Goalie replaces Jimmy Howard with Tampa Bay leading Eastern Conference First Round 2-0

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Goalie Petr Mrazek will start for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports, SUN, FS-D). 

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

Mrazek replaces Jimmy Howard, who allowed four goals on 30 shots in a 5-2 loss in Game 2 at Amalie Arena on Friday, and has an .891 save percentage and 3.59 goals-against average in the series. 

"Jimmy's done a good job so it's not a matter of him not doing a good job," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We made the decision to put Petr in. I think the time away has been good. … I think [Mrazek's] prepared to do a good job."

Mrazek was 27-16-6 with a 2.33 GAA and .921 SV% in the regular season. He appeared in all seven games against the Lightning in the first round last year, going 3-4 with a 2.11 GAA and .925 SV%.

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