ST. LOUIS -- Petr Mrazek's celebration of his 21st birthday began a week early Thursday night.
Making his NHL debut in goal for the Detroit Red Wings
, Mrazek stopped 26 of 27 St. Louis shots and got plenty of offensive support from his teammates in a 5-1 victory over the Blues.
Mrazek, who will turn 21 on Feb. 14, allowed only a power-play goal by Alex Pietrangelo
in the second period, temporarily reducing the Detroit lead to 2-1.
Mrazek's teammates, however responded with goals by Cory Emmerton
and Damien Brunner 91 seconds apart in the final 2:27 of the period to increase the lead to 4-1.
Valtteri Filppula scored the final Detroit goal on a breakaway in the third period.
Detroit, which had scored only three first-period goals in the first nine games of the season, scored twice in the opening period. Dan Cleary and Jakub Kindl both scored their first goals of the season to reduce the pressure on Mrazek.
It was the third game in a row the Blues fell behind 2-0 to start a game, and St. Louis has dropped each of those games.
A native of the Czech Republic, Mrazek was called up from the Red Wings' AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich., to give regular goalie Jimmy Howard
a rest. Mrazek was a fifth-round pick in the 2010 entry draft. While playing in the AHL earlier this season, he lost twice to the Blues' AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
The Blues have lost more than two games in a row for the first time since Ken Hitchcock took over as the team's coach early in the 2011-2012 season.
NOTES: The game was the 1,000th of Wade Redden's NHL career but only his sixth game with the Blues. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the Ottawa Senators before playing two years with the New York Rangers. Redden is the 31st active player in the league to reach that milestone. ... The Blues came into the game ranked 24th in the league in penalty-kill percentage at 73.7 percent, having allowed 10 power-play goals in their first nine games. St. Louis killed off Detroit's lone power play Thursday. ... The Blues went 1-for-3 on the power play. ... Howard played each of the Red Wings' first nine games. ... The game was the third of the season between the two rivals, who will play only twice more this season, both times in Detroit.
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