Mrazek returns from thumb injury, Hurricanes shut out Stars


RALEIGH, N.C. — Petr Mrazek made 28 saves in his return from injury for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 1-0 win against the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena on Sunday.

It was Mrazek’s first start since Jan. 30; he missed 31 games after he dislocated his right thumb in a 4-1 win against the Stars. Mrazek has three shutouts in five starts this season.

Jordan Martinook scored for the Hurricanes (25-9-3), who have won five of six against the Stars this season.

Jake Oettinger made 37 for Dallas (13-13-10).

Rick Bowness did not coach the Stars in the third period due to NHL COVID-19 protocols.

“Rick has been vaccinated,” Dallas general manager Jim Nill said afterward. “We think this is a similar situation — I know the [Dallas] Mavericks had the same situation with (coach) Rick Carlisle, and there are numerous other people this has happened to — we think it’s a false positive, but protocol, once it is flagged, there are different levels. With the PRC testing … there are different levels of the infection rate or whatever. He was a very low grade, but it’s still positive, and so out of safety concerns, he was pulled. But yes, he has been vaccinated. His first vaccination was back sometime in January. He’s had both vaccinations.”

Martinook scored the game’s only goal 40 seconds into the second period. Vincent Trocheck took a pass through the neutral zone from Brett Pesce and fed Martinook in the slot.

The assist extended Trocheck’s point streak to 10 games.

Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn left in the second period because of an upper-body injury.

Stars forward Roope Hintz returned after missing one game with a lower-body injury.

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