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DETROIT Sometimes one game, one solid performance, one game-changing moment can transform the course of an athletes career.
Melodramatic, perhaps, but Jimmy Howard not only needed to win in a must-win situation, he needed to be the difference-maker.
We can harp all we want on the Red Wings rookies coming of age in Detroits gripping, 3-2 overtime victory against Anaheim; however, it was Howard who stood the tallest in the end.
Entering Mondays game, Howard had been anything but spectacular in the playoffs. He had a 1-2 record, 3.33 goals-against average and .885 save percentage in these playoffs, which placed him near the bottom in all goaltending categories.
I wanted to give the guys a chance to win," said Howard, who stopped 31 of 33 shots. "They deserved that.
There were a couple of games there where I wasnt myself, and I felt tonight I needed to go out there and prove myself all over again to the guys.
And maybe prove something to himself and his critics.
For his career, Howard has established himself as goalie that could handle the rigors of the regular season. So much so that the Wings inked him to a six-year, 31.8 million contract extension just before the playoffs.
But while a goalie earns his salary during the regular season, he makes his name during the playoffs.
Thus far, saying that Howards career playoff numbers have been mediocre might be a little too kind. In 31 games played (before Monday), his record was 14-17, with a 2.70 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout.
In playoffs, all it takes is for a goalie to get hot and anything can happen, Howard said. Its upon me to go out there and make saves for the guys.
Although Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller faced a steady onslaught of Red Wing shots, it was Howard who had to make the tougher stops. The Wings had several defensive lapses that lead to a plethora of odd-man rushes and a few breakaways.
You need your goalie to be a star in the playoffs to have a legitimate shot at the Stanley Cup.
Monday night, Jimmy Howard took a gigantic step toward leading his team to that silver chalice.
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Last night during the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 victory of the Anahemim Ducks in Game 5, there was a stoppage in play as the Detroit ice crew had to fix some of the glass.
For whatever reason, the female red wings fan above wanted to shake her boobs in an effort to catch the attention of the refs and crew. She was also able to get her friend next to her into the action.
The girls were...
Damien Brunner put the exclamation point on an absolutely thrilling Game 4 between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks, slapping home a rebound in overtime to give the Wings a 3-2 victory.
Brunner made an egregious turnover in the third period of Game 3, coughing the puck up in his own zone on the power play to allow Ryan Getzlaf to bury a huge goal. He saw less playing time...
Justin Abdelkader will be lost for the Red Wings for Games 4 and 5 after a devastating hit he left on Anaheim’s Toni Lydman in the second period of Game 3 Saturday night.
After the game, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock didn’t think any suspension was in order for Abdelkader suggesting it was a shoulder to shoulder hit with no contact being made to the head.
“To me, I watched...
DETROIT -- During the Detroit Red Wings' glorious run of four Stanley Cups in the span of 12 years, some of the best and most competitive hockey I witnessed happened during practice.
The Wings were a deep and extremely talented bunch back then, boasting a center-ice corps of Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov and Kris Draper. The team was a combination of scintillating...
This actually has me perplexed. Is this suppose to be a ‘F You ref, you suck’ gesture or is this suppose to be a ‘hey ref I think your hot come get some’ gesture. Either way, it kinda seems like a win-win situation to me. I’m just saying if I was walking down the street and I got the ‘F you’ gesture I wouldn’t be upset….
Thanks to BustedCoverage for the video…
This Detroit Red Wings fan kept it classy, shaking her boobs at the refs during the team's playoff showdown against Anaheim.
A huge thank you to @mattearley44 for sending along possibly drunk Red Wings chicks who were grabbing and shaking their…
About 13 minutes into the first period of game four of the Anaheim Ducks-Detroit Red Wings 1st round playoff series, Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was up to his old tricks. Kronwall caught Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri with his head down in the neutral zone and “Kronwalled” him. The hit was a 100% legal hit and no penalty was called. Kronwall does a great job of leading...
Red Wings defenseman Nik Kronwall rudely welcomed the Ducks’ Kyle Palmieri back to Detroit Monday evening during Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinal. Palmieri, now 22, played for the U.S. National Development Team from 2007-2009, so he’s probably pretty familiar with the city. Just to make sure, Kronwall put him on his backside to make sure.
The proper term for...
I can say that this goal was even prettier in person. Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk crossed over Anaheim Ducks defenseman Lucas Sbisa to give himself the extra room to take the puck to the outside. Then as he was streaking down the wing, fired a perfect shot, short-side high glove to tie the game. The puck was in and out so quickly that the stadium was certain that...
Mikael Samuelsson is replacing forward Justin Abdelkader on the Detroit Red Wings first line for Monday's Game 4.
Abdelkader is out because of the two-game suspension he received Sunday afternoon after hitting Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman.
Samuelsson will be playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, head coach Mike Babcock told reports during Monday's morning...
The NHL suspended, Detroit Red Wing player, Justin Abdelkader for two games because of his illegal hit on Toni Lydman of the Mighty Ducks. Lydman is suffering from migraines and neck stiffness and is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game.
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Justin Abdelkader missed the final period-plus of the Detroit Red Wings’ Game 3 loss to Anaheim after being ejected. He’ll now sit out Games 4 and 5, as well.
NHL dean of discipline Brendan Shanahan announced the punishment for Abdelkader’s hit on the Ducks’ Toni Lydman following a phone hearing Sunday. Shanahan explained his decision:
“Abdelkader skates a considerable...
1-3, 5-4, 0-4.
Granted, three games isn't the biggest sample. 5 goals = win, 1 goal and 0 goals = loss. If 5 is the outlier, DET are in really deep trouble. A 2.00 G/G average won't win many contests. DET finished the season averaging only 2.54 G/G (20) - - scoring woes have plagued DET all year, that is nothing too shocking.
It was DET's defense that carried...