Anytime I have a discussion about who the best goaltenders in the NHL are, we have the same names coming up: Brodeur, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Lundqvist, etc.
But the name Chris Osgood never comes up, unless we talk about an overrated goaltender of whom's team needs an upgrade in front of their net.
He had an average 2008-2009 season with a record of 26 wins and nine losses (including overtime and shootout losses), along with a 3.09 goal against average along with a 0.887 save percentage.
He mostly shared the net with Ty Conklin who had a better season with a GAA of 2.51 and a save percentage of 0.909.
But when it came down to start the playoffs, Detroit's head coach Mike Babcock gave the starting job to the 36 year-old veteran net minder, Chris Osgood.
The reaction in most NHL medias were the same: "Why not start with Conklin who had a better season?"
Other reactions were that Osgood was past his prime and that he his just done has a goalie.
I got to admit that I was thinking a little bit like that. I even wrote in one of my past articles that the Red Wings Achilles heel was their goal tending situation.
Then I started to wonder if maybe he said something nasty to the members of the media.
Well after looking up and down and many searches on the web I could not get a single mean or dumb comment made by number 30 of the Wings!
I mean, is Osgood's personality as boring as his goal tending style?
So why is there no love for "Ozzy"? Why is there no respect for the Medicine Hat Tigers alumnus?
I am not too sure why.
But I know a few reasons why he should get the "love" and respect from hockey fans and media members:
- He has won three Stanley Cups (two as the starting goaltender).
- He has a playoff record of 66 wins and 43 losses.
- He has a sparkling GAA of 2.10 in the 6,823 minutes of playoff hockey he has played in his career.
- Scored a goal versus the Hartford Whalers in February 1996.
- He is a two-time winner of the William M. Jennings trophy (1996 with Mike Vernon and in 2008 with Dominik Hasek).
- Played in four all-star games (1996, 1997, 1998, 2008).
- he has 389 regular season wins, only 11 away from 400.
After seeing this list of accomplishments maybe it is time to start giving some "love" to the last goalie to play with a hockey helmet.
But it is very easy to believe that the Red Wings will be fighting for the Stanley Cup again this year.
If the Red Wings win the cup this year everybody will be talking how great the Zetterberg's, Datsyuk, Hossa and Lidstrom have been!
Just make sure you don't forget the guy in the net.
His name is Chris Osgood, one of the best playoff goaltender to ever play in the NHL.