Some high-profile goalies already are scheduling tee times and wondering what went wrong. Some, such as Roberto Luongo (Vancouver) and Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh), are facing heat for uneven playoff performances. And some teams, such as Philadelphia, are simply searching for a goaltender to stop the puck (three have been in the Flyers' net). All the while, Jimmy Howard has taken the Wings into the second round of the playoffs. Howard was planning on settling in front of the television Saturday and Sunday - two days the Wings' had off - to watch playoff hockey. "It'll be a nice break," said Howard, who was an underrated star in Detroit's 4-0 series sweep of Phoenix. Howard definitely earned it after a first round in which he stopped 108 of 118 shots (91.5 save percentage, 2.50 goals-against average), and outplayed the more celebrated Ilya Bryzgalov, who struggled at the other end. Looking polished and assured, Howard looked like a seasoned goaltender. "I just feel more experienced, to be honest with you," Howard said. "Last year was a whirlwind. This year, I know what to expect and how fine of a line it is.
Wings goalie Jimmy Howard earned his break
Detroit News | Apr 25