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Admirals stop Griffins' streak

Monday, 11.26.2012 / 12:47 AM ET / Recap
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Behind Jeremy Smith’s 20 saves and Chris Mueller’s shorthanded breakaway goal, the Milwaukee Admirals put a stop to the Grand Rapids Griffins’ eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Sunday at Van Andel Arena.

The Admirals snapped the fourth-longest winning streak in Griffins history and handed goaltender Petr Mrazek his first AHL defeat. The brilliant rookie enjoyed a 6-0 debut, the best ever for a Grand Rapids netminder.

Milwaukee built a 2-1 lead in the opening period, striking first at 7:10 when Scott Valentine’s blast from the right point sailed through a screen. Tomas Tatar tied matters with a power play goal at 14:40, crashing the crease to pot the rebound of a Joakim Andersson deflection for his team-high 10th goal of the season.

But the Admirals (8-8-1-1) regained their advantage on their own power play marker with just six seconds remaining in the frame. Moments after the Griffins had killed off two 5-on-3 advantages that totaled 1:49, Mattias Ekholm fired a one-timer from above the left circle that snuck inside the far post, courtesy of another screen.

Mueller, the former Michigan State star who made his pro debut in two games with the Griffins in 2007-08, extended the Admirals’ cushion to 3-1 on a shorthanded goal at 15:11 of the second, as he stole the puck at the Grand Rapids blue line, skated in alone and beat Mrazek with a shot low to the ice.

Grand Rapids (10-5-1-1) pulled back to within one goal with exactly nine minutes left in the third period. Off a turnover deep in the Milwaukee zone, Brendan Smith slipped a pass to the goal mouth to Francis Pare, who patiently glided to the left of the net before scooping a backhand high into the far corner.

Despite outshooting Milwaukee 7-4 during the third period and 22-20 for the game, and pulling Mrazek for an extra attacker over the final 1:20, the Griffins could not get the equalizer, losing for the first time since an identical 3-2 setback on Nov. 2 in San Antonio.

Mrazek finished with 17 saves.

The Griffins, who remain in sole possession of first place in the Midwest Division, will continue their four-game home stand this weekend by hosting a Friday-Saturday set against the Texas Stars. Game time both nights is 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Mrazek’s six-game winning streak (Nov. 3-23) was the longest for a Griffins goalie since Daniel Larsson’s seven-game run in 2009-10 (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) and the second-longest since Jimmy Howard’s franchise-record 12-game streak as a rookie in 2005-06 (Feb. 25-March 31)…Tatar’s 74th career goal moved him past Derek King (73) and into fifth place on the Griffins’ all-time list, one behind Kip Miller (75).

THREE STARS: 1. GR Tatar (power play goal); 2. MIL Smith (W, 20 saves); 3. GR Pare (goal)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89