Found January 27, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
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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Canadiens rip Red Wings

Canadiens rip Red Wings

All-Stars-All-Stars Preview

Three first overall NHL draft picks. The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik. And don't forget Pavel Datsyuk, the consistent Detroit Red Wings forward. Datsyuk is so admired by his colleagues that many regard him as one of the game's best all-around players. Add it up and there just might be enough bona fide talent attending the NHL's All-Star festivities in Ottawa to overcome...

Red Wings absorb 7-2 rout

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No Sid? No problem: Plenty of NHL stars in Ottawa

Three first overall NHL draft picks. The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik. And don't forget Pavel Datsyuk, the consistent Detroit Red Wings forward.

Canadiens 7, Red Wings 2

At Bell Centre, Montreal

What to watch this week ...

It's not Super Sunday, but today is All-Star Sunday. It's not for fans of defense, but you have your choice of games. First, there's the Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard in the NHL All-Star Game, 4 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network and CBC. Then catch -- well, no Lions are actually playing, with Calvin Johnson out -- the Pro Bowl, 7 p.m. on NBC.
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