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Hockey’s Best Goalie:  James F. Howard

Measure it however you want.  Tim Thomas has a Cup but, at 37, it was most likely his last.  Fleury has a Cup, too.  But pull a Pens fan aside and ask them their most private scary thought and they might tell you it’s the French kid in the postseason.  And that is that.  There are no others worthy of comparison because Jim’s got them beat and beaten badly.  You want traditional stats? Deal. Among goalies with 17 or more starts he’s #1 in GAA and 7th in save percentage.  He’ll never be an All Star as long as the little shrew is commissioner, but those numbers are kinda good.

Kevin Allen’s smart and, according to him, the number one reason the Wings are dangerous Cup contenders?

1. Goalie Jimmy Howard has taken a major step in his development. He has been a model of consistency, and he’s at or the near the top of the leaderboard in every statistical category.

That’s right you little toad, Gary. You ass. The league’s 19th best goaltender, according to you and your crack staff, is at or top of the leaderboard in…every statistical category.  But you know what?

They don’t mean jack squat.  The All Star snub, as pathetic as it is, doesn’t mean a damn thing.

Only one stat and one thing means anything and that’s wins.  And winning? Well, that’s James F. Howard’s business and business is pretty damn good.

He and Fleury lead the league with 14, but rumor has it Fleury actually gets to rest every once in a while. I can’t confirm that but I do know JFH doesn’t get a frigging wink of it. Not a bit and that’s a problem.  We know it and so does our Uncle Mike.

But not yet. Not today. Jim’s in again and we’re looking 7 in a row right in the face.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches and James F. Howard’s your huckleberry until he says otherwise.

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RorSchach's avatar

Jimmy’s Dong is totally saving this game.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 12/03/11 at 12:29 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Looks like Conner may earn himself a spot on the team.  At least I hope so.

Posted by calquake on 12/03/11 at 12:29 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

James.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/03/11 at 12:29 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

JIMMAH!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/03/11 at 12:29 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

JIMMY…...

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/03/11 at 12:29 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Jimmy

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 12:29 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

At least the PK is getting alot of practice tonight.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 12/03/11 at 12:31 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Nothing I can say about James Howard’s dong at this point that none of the rest of you filthy bitches haven’t probably already thought of.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:32 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

BUF feeling their oats, for some reason.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 12:34 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Looks like Conner may earn himself a spot on the team.  At least I hope so.

For the playoffs, maybe.  I don’t think the wings want to test Mursak or Emmerton on waivers.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 12:35 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Nothing I can say about James Howard’s dong at this point that none of the rest of you filthy bitches haven’t probably already thought of.

I heard that if you stroke it a few times it turns into an over-sized blocker.

Posted by calquake on 12/03/11 at 12:36 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Just add a Winged Wheel and you’re in there

http://www.doseuk.com/ts_adult/AT11.htm

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/03/11 at 12:38 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Jimmy.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 12:38 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

jimmy: erect, heads up, square to the shooter ...

James.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/03/11 at 12:38 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Jimmy not only has a blocker - - but likes his leather too.  What a glove.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 12:38 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

James F. Howard—glove = no love!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:38 AM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

James’ left hand is the only thing flashier than him hangin dong.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/03/11 at 12:39 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Howard= Nice!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/03/11 at 12:39 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Jimmah

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 12/03/11 at 12:39 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 12/02/11 at 09:39 PM ET

Thats just wrong.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 12:41 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Awesome of Chief to give us such a spot on lead in for tonight’s game. 

You can’t touch our Jimmy.  Okay, maybe you can, but only if you sweet talk us real nice.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:41 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 12/02/11 at 09:39 PM ET

that’s.

just.

wrong.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/03/11 at 12:42 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Jeebus, WFIB…ima speechless.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/03/11 at 12:42 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Fuch me.  Unless I’m drunk (damn I like beer), that’s the fifth goalpost tonight!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:44 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 09:44 PM ET

Nuts….is all that came to my mind.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/03/11 at 12:45 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Lieno…trying SO hard to impress.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/03/11 at 12:47 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

WFIBL is making me hurl.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 12/03/11 at 12:47 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Damn, Jobu must hate buffalo this year

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 12:47 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Damn.  i bet that left a mark.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 12/03/11 at 12:47 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Nuts….is all that came to my mind.

Yours?  Jimmy’s?  Beer nuts?  Help me out here.  What are we talkin about?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:48 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

We will not be able to complain about lack of puck luck for a few games.  Other eams are overdue.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 12/03/11 at 12:49 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

that sucked. 

Dont know which Wings D got caught up ice

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 12:49 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

See?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 12/03/11 at 12:49 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

dammit

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 12:49 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

nuts ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/03/11 at 12:49 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

well a dong can only take so much beating

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/03/11 at 12:50 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

...bummer….

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/03/11 at 12:50 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

What are we talkin about?

Apparently the Ian White pinch.  Personally, I’m sitting cross legged for the rest of the game.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/03/11 at 12:51 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

With all the juvenilatiousness that goes on around here, you guys are freaked out by a guy with nads as big as Jimmah’s.

I’m disappointed.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 12/03/11 at 12:51 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Well that sucks.  Hung our Jimmy out to dry one time too many.  I mean seriously, you’re up three goals in the third and you have no one staying back high in the zone leading to an odd-man rush?  Awful.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:52 AM ET

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