A Starter is Born: Red Wings’ Goalie Jimmy Howard is Winning the Net

December 7th, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
There are a few truly unique positions in professional sports.

These are positions that carry with them equal amounts of unbridled glory and merciless scrutiny.

Win, and you're the city's messiah.

Lose, and you're derided as the anti-Christ.

Namely, these positions include the manager of the New York Yankees, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, and the goalie for the Detroit Red Wings.

Ask Chris Osgood about this.

After becoming the franchise playoff wins leader, backstopping two Stanley Cup championships, and now sitting five wins away from 400, he's still considered by many Red Wing fans to be the worst goalie to ever win a championship.

Well, that is, until he does, then he's just fine.


However, for the uninitiated, Detroit is an equal-opportunity goalie basher.

Along with Osgood, Mike Vernon, Dominik Hasek, Curtis Joseph, and Manny Legace have all, at some point, been the bane of a fan's existence.

Oh, and let's not forget Tim Cheveldae, who opted for a much less stressful job as a firefighter upon his retirement.

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