Chris Osgood: Detroit Red Wings Cost Him 400th Career Win at Home

December 19th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
There may not be another professional athlete on Earth that has enjoyed so much success amidst so much doubt.

From the time he entered the NHL, Chris Osgood was disrespected, overlooked and taken for granted.

Part of this was due to the fact that he came of age playing behind legendary players such as Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan.

If you wanted starpower, you got all you could handle in Detroit and never once needed to look to Osgood to provide it.

To be fair to his critics, Ozzie has seasoned his career with some unimaginably bad blunders.

There was the gift-wrapped goal he handed to San Jose's Jamie Baker in the 1994 playoffs. 

Four years later facing the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Finals, his inability to stop a Jamie Langenbrunner shot so far out that Mr. Magoo would have no trouble finding it caused many Red Wings fans, including this one, to curse his name repeatedly long after.

Still, despite his penchant for allowing head-shakingly terrible goals, Osgood more often left his opponents shaking their heads wondering how such a bad goalie ...

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