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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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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

WALLY

what a play by Z

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:07 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Flips it in.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/02/11 at 11:07 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Wally World!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:07 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

HOly Fil!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/02/11 at 11:07 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

FLIP=NICE Goal!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/02/11 at 11:07 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Holy Jumpin!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 12/02/11 at 11:07 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

z with the steal, and wally with the score

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 11:08 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Jimmy

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 11:08 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

GGGGOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL

flip (see ...  cheese )

nice

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:08 PM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

Wooo! Jimmy hangs dong!

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/02/11 at 11:08 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

And James F. Howard’s dong rears its head!

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

RorSchach's avatar

Good save Jimmah!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 12/02/11 at 11:09 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

14:41 Valtteri Filppula (8) Wrist Shot - Assists: H. Zetterberg (9)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 11:09 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Great shift by the Helm line

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:10 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Sheesh. This is just Nasty. I love it.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 12/02/11 at 11:10 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Good golly - - shooting gallery for the Wings

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:10 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Wings are flying out there.  Buffalo’s AHL affiliate is floating

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 11:10 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

East meet West

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:12 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Wings are flying out there.

Can I get an AMEN?!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 12/02/11 at 11:12 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

13:38   PPG - JOHAN FRANZEN (11) WRIST - ASST: N. LIDSTROM (12) AND P. DATSYUK (15)
14:41   VALTTERI FILPPULA (8) WRIST - ASST: H. ZETTERBERG (9)

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:12 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

or ...

Least meet Best

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:12 PM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

Aloha from the Pacific bitches.

The references to JFH’s dong and cock are priceless. I’m willing to bet a Wing blog shows up in the near future called “Jim Howard’s Dong”.

Enjoy yourselves

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 12/02/11 at 11:13 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Amen.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:13 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Wally is flying, another PP

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 11:13 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Buffalo’s AHL affiliate is floating

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 08:10 PM ET

Belly up perhaps?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:13 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Great to “see” you Sailor - smooth seas.

Wally is possessed - we are blessed

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:14 PM ET

calquake's avatar

The references to JFH’s dong and cock are priceless. I’m willing to bet a Wing blog shows up in the near future called “Jim Howard’s Dong”.

Better yet… “The Dong Show”.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 11:15 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Enjoy yourselves

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 12/02/11 at 08:13 PM ET


safe seas, sailor.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:15 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Hell of a period for the boys. Hell of a Period. smile

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 12/02/11 at 11:16 PM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

I’m willing to bet a Wing blog shows up in the near future called “Jim Howard’s Dong”.

Jim Howard’s Dong is already a branded registered trademark. They make the shaft of his goal sticks that deflect shots on an otherwise wide open goal when he plays the DuhUcks.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/02/11 at 11:17 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Show your age…....Who was that crazy sumbitch that hosted the Gong Show.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 12/02/11 at 11:17 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Can I get an AMEN?!

testify brother, testify

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 11:18 PM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

They also destroy Corey Perry’s mouth.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/02/11 at 11:18 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Show your age…....Who was that crazy sumbitch that hosted the Gong Show.

Chuck Berry?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:18 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Chuck Barris

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:18 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Show your age…....Who was that crazy sumbitch that hosted the Gong Show.

Posted by Rumbear from the mean beaches of Sandy Eggo on 12/02/11 at 08:17 PM ET

That well-known CIA spy… Chuck Barris.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 11:18 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Yeah - I’m so old I have sometimers.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:19 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Chuck Barris Enterprises…..wore those crazy hats.  No way that guy was sober.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 12/02/11 at 11:20 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Bob Seger is coming to OKC on December 15.  I got a pair of tickets!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:20 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I’m willing to bet a Wing blog shows up in the near future called “Jim Howard’s Dong”.

Greetings Chief.  Hope all is well on the high seas.  I for one heartily endorse this idea!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:20 PM ET

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