There’s No Place Like Home: "Wizard Of Oz" Chris Osgood Belongs in HOF

December 29th, 2010 by Marc Valeri Leave a reply »
On Monday night, Red Wings' G Chris Osgood became just the 10th goalie in NHL history to record 400 career wins. Below are the top-10 wins for NHL goalies:

1. Martin Brodeur - 607
2. Patrick Roy* - 551
3. Ed Belfour - 484
4. Curtis Joseph - 454
5. Terry Sawchuk* - 447
6. Jacques Plante* - 437
7. Tony Esposito* - 423
8. Glenn Hall* - 407
9. Grant Fuhr* - 403
10. Chris Osgood - 400

Bold = active
* = Hall of Fame

The stat line for Chris Osgood's(notes) 400th career victory wasn't typical for most of his wins with the Detroit Red Wings: 46 saves on 49 shots, including 23 in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche. In 2008-09, for example, he faced over 40 shots just twice in 44 starts.

Earlier this month, Osgood's teammates, and specifically D Nicklas Lidstrom, asked coach Mike Babcock to give Ozzie a start at home in an effort to have him win his 400th NHL game in Detroit. But he lost that game and the following start. Lidstrom, however, had his back in a 4-3 overtime win on Monday night, where Lidstrom recorded a goal and three assists to give Ozzie the big 4-0-0.


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