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Howard deserved better in overtime loss

Red Wings' goalie is now 10-4-2 lifetime in games after he was pulled from net

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 10:48 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Howard deserved better in overtime loss

Jimmy Howard makes a first-period save Saturday against the New York Rangers. Howard made 37 saves in the 3-2 overtime loss. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT – When it comes to hockey, you have to have a short memory. Despite a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers, Jimmy Howard proved that fact on Saturday night.

The Red Wings’ goalie, who was pulled from Wednesday’s 6-1 loss after allowing three goals on eight shots against Ottawa, performed far better on Saturday, stopping 37 of 40 shots. Making a strong comeback isn’t anything new to the goaltender, as he is now 10-4-2 in games after being chased from the net.

“That’s what he does,” said defenseman Niklas Kronwall. “He’s very strong mentally and doesn’t let anything get to him. I’m sure he wasn’t very happy about the last game, but no one in here was happy with that last game. I don’t think we can blame anything on any particular guy; it was a team effort. We played horrible, but tonight I think he deserved more and better.”

In a 37-save performance, one of Howard’s most important stops of the night came just under five minutes in the first period. Both Red Wings defensemen got caught behind the net, and Howard came up with a big save on a shot by Chris Kreider to keep the game scoreless.

Holding on to a 1-0 lead, Howard kept the Rangers off the scoreboard for most of the second period, allowing only one goal on 16 shots.

“Howie was great,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock. “He gave us a chance, especially in the second period.”

Howard’s most acrobatic save came midway through the second period, as he rejected a series of shots from Brian Boyle. Boyle’s first shot rebounded right back to the center, and as he prepared to take another, Derek Dorsett slid into the goal disrupting Howard. But the goaltender reached back over Dorsett’s body to deflect Boyle’s second shot with his blocker.

Despite the strong performance, the second star of the game couldn’t hide his frustration after the loss.

“Something has to be done about it,” Howard said. “It’s just believing in each other and not trying to do too much, let guys do their jobs. It’s frustrating. We lost with 12 seconds left in overtime. Once again we didn’t really play 60 minutes and lost.”

Howard will have another chance to bounce back as the Red Wings prepare for a trip to western Canada and four straight away games, starting Wednesday when the Vancouver Canucks hosts Detroit.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89