2010 NHL Playoffs: Jimmy Howard Must Anchor Detroit Red Wings

April 29th, 2010 by adam biggers Leave a reply »
If the NHL postseason success is built around one thing, it's solid, consistent goaltending.

Much like a pitcher in October, a net minder can dictate the flow of crucial games. 

Well, it's not October, and Jimmy Howard doesn't pitch for the Detroit Tigers — he's the man between the pipes for the Red Wings.

And Howard will have to buck up if he has designs of avenging Detroit's 4-3 loss in Game One.

The Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) product has won 37 games this season and has shown flashes of brilliance. 

There are always two sides to every coin, and Howard's other side is blemished with inconsistency and mediocrity.

But he does have an upside—he showed maturity and grit the way he handled himself in Phoenix on Tuesday night in the Wings' 6-1 Game Seven triumph over the Coyotes.

The Sharks aren't the Coyotes.

Will he continue to be rattled by a high-flying Patrick Marleau-less Shark offense for the remainder of round two?

San Jose's Joe Pavelski scored what would end up being the game-winning power play goal in the third period. Red Wings fans have to kee ...

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