Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings Looks Steady, Despite Loss

April 15th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Who says hockey doesn't belong in Phoenix?

Judging by the 17,000-plus hockey fans who flooded Jobing.com Arena on Wednesday night, some paying upwards of $400 per ticket to do so, NHL hockey is very much alive in Arizona.

And this just wasn't a bunch of know-nothing gawkers that came out to see playoff hockey in the desert for the first time in eight years, these fans knew what to do at a hockey game.

They cheered when the penalty-killers cleared the zone, they erupted when their team laid on a big hit, they shook the walls when the home-team scored, and they made sure that Detroit's rookie goalie received a warm welcome.

It's true, they chanted throughout the game - HOW-ARD! HOW-ARD! HOW-ARD!

Yep, Arizonians (a few thousand of them anyway) know how to get under a goalie's skin.

Or do they?

Jimmy Howard now has exactly 59 minutes and 20 seconds of playoff hockey under his belt.

As thoroughly wet behind the ears as he is, it stands to reason that the pressure he faced both from the Phoenix Coyotes on the ice and their rabid fans in the stands, would leave the guy a little shell-shocked. ...

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