2010 NHL Playoffs: Jimmy Howard, Red Wings Netminder, Tends Goal Bare-Faced

April 21st, 2010 by Greg Eno Leave a reply »
If they came out with a Comeback Player of the Series Award, Jimmy Howard would win it—hands down.

Or, should I say, mask down.

Howard, the Red Wings’ rookie goalie (in title only), has added to his burgeoning legend.

It was vintage Chris Osgood: follow up a stinker by coming out smelling like a rose.

Howard rebounded from a rocky Game Three, and was impenetrable in Game Four’s 3-0 win, jamming a hockey puck into the mouths of his detractors who’d have rather seen his mentor Osgood between the pipes.

A suggestion only slightly less reactionary than using a bazooka to kill a gnat.

There have been many iconic images flitting through the minds of the Hockeytown faithful throughout the spate of Stanley Cups since 1997.

Darren McCarty’s beautiful, where-did-THAT-come-from move that was essentially the Cup-winning goal in ‘97.

Kris Draper’s overtime goal that completed a storied comeback in Game Two of the ‘98 Finals.

Igor Larionov’s tally made in slow motion that ended Game Three of the ‘02 Finals ...

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