I think because of Howard's $5.2m contract the vast majority of posters expect him to play lights out every game. Deep down we all know that ain't gonna be the case but it's the too frequent times he does have poor games that gets to the fan base. 5 goals on 22 shots is bad enough against an elite team but to give that effort versus the Coyotes is hard to take. It's not Howard's fault he got paid the money he has that lies elsewhere but it has put a lot of pressure on him to be an elite net minder and his talent isn't at that level.
The plus side of this game is although it was brutal in the result and goals conceded we came out of it with a point which puts us 3 games clear of Boston with ten to play.