Detroit Red Wings: Jimmy Howard Making Statement He’s Ready for Deep Playoff Run

December 11th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Reasonable people can disagree on this issue, however, the notion that there can be "statement games" in the regular season is a viable one.

Some say that statement games can only come in the playoffs, like when a team is down 2-0 in a series and fights back to win Game 3, or when the home ice team is beaten in Game 1 in their own barn by an up and coming lower seed.

While statement games are certainly more plentiful in the postseason, the regular season can yield some as well, particularly for individual players.

If you're lucky, you can watch one unfold and file it away in your head for reference come mid-April.

If you were watching Friday night's tilt between Montreal and Detroit, be glad, because you were privy to what may be long remembered as a statement game by Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.

The two teams met at Joe Louis Arena amidst wholly opposite streaks.

The Canadiens had won their past three games, and the Red Wings were struggling with an 0-2-1 record over that same time.

Montreal was playing smart, aggressive hockey and Detroit had fallen into an uninspired slump, making getting o ...

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