(Raleigh) Petr Mrazek made 28 saves in his first game after a two-month absence in the Carolina Hurricanes' 1-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.
Mrazek, who notched his third shutout of the season, was defending the Hurricanes net for the first time since sustaining a thumb injury on Jan. 30 against the Stars.
Stars head coach Rick Bowness didn't come back behind the bench for the third period. The team announced that he has been placed on the COVID-19 protocol.
According to Stars general manager Jim Nill, Bowness has already been vaccinated and the coach's test result is a false positive.
“It was a very weak result, but still positive,” said Nill. As a precaution, he was removed from the game. But yes, he has already received his two doses of the vaccine. "
Nill clarified that the team has been in contact with the league and both sides have agreed that it is better for Bowness to be taken out of the game.
Stars head coach Rick Bowness was placed on COVID-19 protocol after the second period.
At 66, Bowness is the oldest coach in the NHL.
A goal from Jordan Martinook in the second period was enough for the Hurricanes. It was his second goal of the season, he who hit the mark for the first time this season on February 13 against these same Stars.
Jake Oettinger blocked 37 shots for the Stars. On Saturday, he made 41 saves as the Stars beat the Hurricanes 3-2.
Oettinger had to take the weekend's two starts for the Stars, as Anton Khudobin's name was placed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Saturday.
Khudobin was to be the starting goalie on Saturday.
According to the team, the goalkeeper's test result is also a false positive.
“He got another test result, and this one was negative,” Nill said. His first test was very low positive, and he has now tested negative twice. Depending on the protocol established by the NHL, he can now resume traveling with the team. "