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Osgood prefers rest to rust

Veteran goalie motivated to redeem himself

Sunday, 09.19.2010 / 5:09 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Chris Osgood prefers to call it rest, not rust.

The Red Wings’ veteran goalie played well in the scoreless first period of Sunday’s intra-squad scrimmage at Centre I.C.E. Arena.

“I don’t feel rusty, I feel real good, rested for the first time,” Osgood said. “Just because we got the time to workout more, get on the ice more and just rest my body in a better way than I did in the two previous years when we went to the (Stanley Cup) finals. I just fell like I’m ahead of the game.”

Osgood struggled last season, posting his personal worst win-loss record (7-9-4), and even lost his starting role to Jimmy Howard, who performed admirably, helping the injury-riddled Wings back into the playoff picture, which eventually made him a rookie of the year candidate.

Now rested, Osgood is motivated to return to his winning ways.

“I feel a lot better than I did in previous years, because I just had more time off,” he said. “That was big for me. Obviously, I didn’t have a good year last year, so I want to have a good year this year. I don’t know how many more years I’m going to play, so definitely we want to have a real good year this year.”
 
With the Red Wings’ goaltending solidified, coach Mike Babcock would like to get 20 wins out of Osgood, who is entering his 17th NHL season.

“You’d like to get 20 wins out of him, for sure,” Babcock said. “We’ll see how things go. You know all of these great plans that we always talk about usually last one day, so we’ll go from there. But ideally, Howie and Ozzie will give us real solid goaltending.”

In Sunday’s scrimmage, Osgood’s Team Lindsay defeated Team Howe, 3-1. Osgood looked solid in 20-minutes of work, even though he was nearly steamrolled by Team Howe’s Tomas Holmstrom on the crease.

“I thought Ozzie had a good session. Good for him,” Babcock said. “I think that that is important. Anytime you’re a veteran player and you’re playing in the league, I think it’s real important to get off to a good start, and obviously Ozzie committed his summer to doing that, and ideally that will show.

“He has too much skill not to have success.”

SUNDAY’S SCRIMMAGE: Kirk Maltby, defenseman Sebastien Piche and Valtteri Filppula scored in Team Lindsay’s 3-1 win over Team Howe at Centre I.C.E Arena. All three goals came against Jimmy Howard.

Left wing Jordan Owens scored the only goal for Team Howe. It was his second goal in two scrimmages.




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J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
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J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80