by Patrick Hoffman on 12/28/10 at 04:00 PM ET
I know that this post may be a bit bias since I’m a goaltender but I wanted to take this time to show my appreciation for Detroit Red Wings’ netminder Chris Osgood.
As I am sure all of you are well aware of, Osgood became the 10th goaltender in National Hockey League history to win 400 games. He did it with a terrific 46-save performance in a 4-3 overtime win over the Wings’ hated rivals, the Colorado Avalanche.
While Osgood may have had the good fortune of playing on extremely talented hockey clubs, winning 400 games is no easy task. Just ask the nine netminders that did it before him.
It takes hard work, patience, many big saves in many big games and skill to accomplish what Osgood did last night in Denver. With that said, Osgood earned his right to be in the top ten when it comes to wins in the NHL by a masked man.
Obviously, many hockey fans will point out that Osgood was lucky to get most of the wins because of the machine-like system that he plays in. They’ll point out that he does not have to face a lot of shots and only has to make a few key stops to earn a victory for the Red Wings.
However, what most forget is that goaltenders are pressured every night to be their best. If they are not, the team will falter.
For example, if Osgood allows four goals but makes a big save when it counts and his team goes on to win 5-4, Osgood did his job to get the victory and in the end, it’s the ‘W that matters.
Regarding Hockey Hall of Fame talk, I believe that Osgood should get inducted. He has two Stanley Cups as the Red Wings’ goalie in the playoffs, has a solid career goals against average, save percentage and shutouts in both the regular season and playoffs and has been in the NHL for about 16 seasons.
Some of you may not like it but Osgood deserves his due and with good reason.
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