Ppl complained about Osgood. Ppl complained about Hasek. Ppl will complain about Howard. He's not bad, but he's also not the best, but he's ours, and for that I like him.
Till Mrazek is ready, that's my stance.
The difference being Dom and Ozzy won the big ones. They were big time players for big time games. What has Howard done since becoming our starter? He has never taken us past the 2nd round. Even the years where we had Lidstrom, Rafi, Kronner and Stu as our top 4 D, Howard never took us past the 2nd round and, in some cases, costed us playoffs games (See game 3 both years against San Jose). He was sub par against Nashville. Thats why this year I think is the year where Howard either proves himself, or we make a change.
On another note, I find it humorous how often the Red Wings are screwed against the Ducks. Think about it:
2008: Lidstrom scores in the last minute of the game to tie it, only to have Dan Ohalloran waive the goal off... awful call
2009 playoffs: In the last minute of one of the games, the Wings scored to tie the game, but the ref said he intended to blow the whisle...awful call
2013 playoffs game 6: Last minute of the game and Quincy is tripped and there is no call, Ducks score to tie the game.
There are probably more examples but these are the big ones. That is a lot of bad calls against the same team. Not just bad calls, but bad calls that costed us the game or could have costed us the game.
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