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It’s Not Osgood’s Fault He Plays For A Good Team

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

For years I’ve believed that Rogie Vachon has always paid a price for having the misfortune to have played for too many poor to mediocre hockey teams. Arguably he’s the best goalie not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Now I wonder whether Chris Osgood will always pay a price for having the misfortune of playing for an exceptional hockey franchise.

Osgood has 389 regular-season victories, three Stanley Cup rings, two of them earned as the No. 1 goalie. He has 61 career playoff wins, tying him for 12th on the NHL’s all-time list. Depending upon the Red Wings’ fate, Osgood could climb as high as eighth this spring.

Only three goalies in NHL history—Patrick Roy (23), Marty Brodeur (22) and Curtis Joseph (16)—have more postseason shutouts than Osgood, who earned his 14th Saturday night.

Unquestionably, Osgood has Hall of Fame numbers. Before he retired, he could be fourth on the NHL’s all-time wins list.


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