Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said he takes little satisfaction from how he has played through the two opening games of the second-round series against the Sharks, because it's not like it has translated into team success.
Howard made 35 saves in Sunday's 2-1 loss in Game 2 at HP Pavilion, following the 44 he made in Game 1, but "it's not satisfying because we're not getting W's," Howard said.
To teammates, though, it is encouraging.
"It's a good sign," Brian Rafalski said. "He's played well for us. We expect him to continue to do that. We need to put a few more pucks on net."
Two of the four goals Howard has allowed have come during power plays, and the overtime winner Friday came 20 seconds after one had expired. Ian White beat Howard on Sunday in the first period during a power play on a screened shot from the slot, and Niclas Wallin fired a shot high in the third period that Howard got a piece of but couldn't contain.
"It was coming in, it was knuckling, and it was between my glove and my ear," Howard said. "It was just one of those spots where in order to try and catch it you've got to take your eye off of it for a second. It hit my glove, and then it hit my head and bounced into the net."
While the Sharks have enough talented forwards to roll three scoring lines, Howard mostly has denied them all. He made four saves Sunday on Patrick Marleau, another four on Joe Thornton and five on Logan Couture. Dan Boyle was turned away eight times.
Jimmy Howard's heroics 'not satisfying'
Detroit Free Press | May 2