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The Two Detroit Goalies

10/03/2018 at 5:43pm EDT

from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

HOWARD AND BERNIER'S BOND: Being an NHL goaltender is a unique position. There are only two of you on the team and though you're in competition with each other, you must also find a way to have at the very least a cordial relationship with your partner.

Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has had to adjust to a new goaltending mate this season for the first time in a number of years when the Wings signed Jonathan Bernier as a free agent this past July. Howard has enjoyed his interaction with Bernier and feels they're on the same page.

"It's been awesome, it really has, from day one since we talked on the phone from when he first signed to the first time we met each other and got to go to dinner together in Traverse City," Howard said. "It's been a great working relationship since this summer and it continues to get better as we work and push each other.

"He's played throughout the league, he's played on some other teams, he's had other goalie coaches along the way. So you can learn throughout the year about the little things he does. Not everything is going to work for you, but you try it and see if you can add it to your game or not."

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