The St. Louis game was ugly, but there is only so much a goalie can be expected to do. Goalie Jimmy Howard was faced with multiple power plays. The Blues had several breakaway chances as the defense really did not do a good job.
When the offense is only able to muster 14 shots and the defense is not able to stop anything, it puts an unfair work load on the goalie.
He rebounded with a good game against Columbus. He had 30 saves and was perfect in the shootout. Against Dallas, Howard stopped shot after shot yet the offense was not able to score until there were only 3.4 seconds left in the game.
There is no doubt that Howard will have to steal some games this season for the team to do well. However the team in front of him has to at least do something. So far this season, he has not gotten much help.
Luckily for the team, they are only three games into the season. While it is a short season, there is still time to turn things around. Over the next couple of games, several players will be returning from their injuries. Hopefully that will help spark the team to play better.
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