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The evolution of a Red Wings goaltender

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Jimmy Howard was handed a game-used hockey stick and knew exactly where it was headed. He grabbed a pen, signed the stick and handed it to the 12-year-old girl visiting the Red Wings dressing room, wearing a Howard jersey.

She happened to be the daughter of Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand and reacted about the way you'd expect a girl her age to respond.

"Oh my gosh," she said, stunned, while examining the stick as her father shook his head with a smile.

Like Howard, Paige Lewand is a goalie.

"She's not a Calvin Johnson fan, she's a Jimmy Howard fan," Tom Lewand said.

With the Lions' season over, the Pistons an afterthought and the Tigers still months away from playing, Hockeytown is starting to act like it. Distracted sports fans in the city looking to Joe Louis Arena for entertainment are now discovering that their team is every bit as dangerous as previous versions. Only the Red Wings are doing it in a dramatically different fashion. They're winning because of goaltending and a team defense that has consistently been among the top in the league.


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