Found January 27, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
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Detroit -- The NHL All-Star Game is usually a lot more fun if you're not a goaltender, but that doesn't bother Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. He really is just happy to be there. Howard wasn't even on the All-Star ballot but a write-in campaign and his stellar first-half numbers helped him reach his first All-Star Game, which will be held Sunday in Ottawa. "With my numbers last year, I probably didn't warrant to be on there," Howard said. "We outscored a lot of teams last year to build wins. After the playoffs I had, I feel like I can take on more of a role and be more of a difference-maker for the guys. Im just playing with a lot of confidence." That confidence translated into a league-leading 30 wins before the All-Star break. Howard needs just seven more victories to tie his career high, set and matched the last two seasons. Howard ranks fifth with a 2.03 goals-against average and ninth with a .924 save percentage. Unlike some organizations...
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