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Ozzie, Dom receive Jennings -- sort of

Holland, Bedard accept trophy on behalf of Wings' duo

Wednesday, 05.28.2008 / 9:08 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Ozzie, Dom receive Jennings -- sort of
PITTSBURGH – The only time the Red Wings were no-shows in these Stanley Cup finals was Wednesday afternoon.

Thankfully, they had an excuse.

Goalies Chris Osgood and Dominik Hasek were back at the team hotel preparing for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals while the league hosted an awards luncheon at the William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

The Wings’ goaltending tandem was to accept the William J. Jennings Trophy, given annually to the goaltending pair that has the lowest combined goals allowed throughout the regular-season.

The Wings allowed a league-low 179 goals with Osgood and Hasek each surrendering 84 goals.

“We toyed with the idea of sending a camera crew over to the hotel and wake them up from the middle of their afternoon nap for a live comment,” said NHL Radio’s Bill Clement, who played host for the event. “But then we pictured the look that Mike Babcock would have on his face, and that was scary enough.”

Detroit general manager Ken Holland and goaltending coach Jim Bedard were present to accept the award for their goalies.

Bedard, who has been Detroit’s goaltending coach for the past 11 seasons, spoke on behalf of the Wings’ goalies.

“I  talked to Chris and Dom, obviously just before coming over here today, and definitely they are a little busy,” Bedard said. “They have some work to do tonight, which is a great thing. But one thing they wanted me to stress was obviously they think of this as a team trophy. They don't think of this as an individual trophy, and they want to make sure that was brought to the forefront.

“When you see them work as hard as they do and you see two guys from two totally different sets of circumstances, one being a European, a little bit older and Ozzie being the young guy at 35, what they bring every day to practice, this is no surprise to me. And they just want to say thank you very much.”

Osgood and Hasek each won 27 games in the regular-season, while helping Detroit to its sixth Presidents’ Trophy in 13 seasons.

Hasek, who has 389 career wins (10th all-time), finished the 2007-08 campaign with a 2.14 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. Osgood, at 363 wins (15th all-time), finished his All-Star season with a 2.09 GAA and .914 save percentage.

This season marks only the second time the Red Wings won the Jennings, doing so in 1996, ironically with Osgood on the roster along with Mike Vernon.

The Red Wings are the only team to finish in the top five for goals against in the past three consecutive seasons. Last season, Detroit finished tied for third in goals against with San Jose at 199 total goals, behind only Minnesota (191) and Dallas (197).

In 2006, the Wings finished second with 209 goals against, behind Calgary (200).

Hasek’s share of the award marks his third time capturing the Jennings. In his illustrious NHL career, he helped win it for Buffalo in 1994 and 2001.

Babcock said that the award should be seen as a commitment to the Red Wings’ defense.

“That's a real team thing, and obviously, they're really good goalies,” the Wings coach said. “We take a lot of pride in that, being good defensively and offensively.”

One big hockey question in Hockeytown was the chemistry between the goaltenders, with one having to take a backseat to the other come playoff time. Holland said that chemistry has not been an issue in the Detroit locker room.

“These two guys have tremendous chemistry,” Holland said. “They pull for one another, and again I think they were a real major factor why we won the goals against, but if you can be in the top three, four, five teams in goals against, you know that you’re going to be a competitive team.”


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59