Game 4 - Red Wings @ Stars - 3/14
Posted May 14, 2008 - 08:21 AM
Chris Osgood was the goalie then but he's not the same as he once was. In 1998, Osgood still gave up long goals and could be shaken. Today's Osgood is one of the most mentally-tough players in the game. Nothing fazes him. Not goals against, not big saves. He's just in a zone that makes him tough to beat.
He's been able to do it before (see his reaction to my favorite save of all-time) but never this consistantly.
And that doesn't even speak to his level of play. He's better positionally than he's ever been, getting to where he needs to be and not wasting energy. A bit like how Nicklas Lidstrom plays defense.
So while I like patterns and history and all that, I can't say that the Wings' loss in Game Five in 1998 will have anything to do with tonight's game. Just an interesting stat.
Tonight the Red Wings will be without Johan Franzen, still out with unexplained headaches. The Stars continue to miss Jere Lehtinen, Stu Barnes and Philippe Boucher. Mike Modano and Brendan Morrow didn't practice yesterday but are expected to go today, both having missed time in Game Three.
Posted May 14, 2008 - 11:52 AM
My brother in Phoenix who runs up to the practice facility when the Wings are in town, wrote me how he couldnt stomach what he was seeing. "Here on one end of the ice was Osgood, standing square, playing the angles and stoidly stopping shots. On the other end was a 6 time Veniza winner, flopping around the ice with his legs in the air and his stick God knows where."
No shot at Hasek but his time is over. Hope Ozzie can keep it going.
mini-rant ... I'm still p*ssed about the lame goalie interference call on Holmstrom and that continuous skick work (Morrow?) on the back of his legs.
Posted May 14, 2008 - 07:27 PM
The Wings, I hate to say it, are looking a little slow. Hopefully this turns out like Monday's game, where they kick up the pace. I think it'd be neat to see Cleary get a goal, also.
Posted May 14, 2008 - 07:31 PM
Posted May 14, 2008 - 08:15 PM
That p*sses me off beyond belief. So stupid.
Posted May 14, 2008 - 08:34 PM
There was no question he was no where near Turco.
IF we lose this game, I hope to see a headline saying "NHL beats Redwings."
Posted May 14, 2008 - 08:41 PM
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