The Best Saves from Detroit Red Wings Goalies in 2013-14

Isaac SmithAnalyst IDecember 10, 2013

The Best Saves from Detroit Red Wings Goalies in 2013-14

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    The Detroit Red Wings have seen some good and bad goaltending this season. 

    While highlights have been scarce due to the struggles of No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard, who has had a rough go of things this season.

    Nevertheless, the Red Wings have had some exceptional goaltending by Jonas Gustavsson this season. Both Gustavsson and Howard have had their moments in the spotlight, and some of the saves have been highlight-reel saves.

    Here are the best saves from the Red Wings' season so far.

    Note: Although all of these saves have a "wow" factor, there is no formal criteria ranking of these saves, this slideshow is simply a collection of the best saves.

Honorable Mention: Stephen Weiss Saves Two Goals, Denies Lucic and Krejci

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    As Stephen Weiss isn't a goalie, this can only qualify as an honorable mention, but Weiss deserves this solely because of the effort that he had to put in to deny this puck from going over the line.

    Weiss has had a bit of a rough go on offense this season with just four points in 25 games played, but he is usually in good position and plays well defensively.

    Weiss helped out goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on a delayed penalty and ensuing scramble in front of the goal.

    After stick-checking Milan Lucic, Weiss got twisted around and sat down in the crease, taking a David Krejci snap shot in the upper body.

    If the Red Wings could help out their No. 1 goalie like this, then perhaps Jimmy Howard would have some more wins this season.

Jimmy Howard Shuts Down Shane Doan on the Penalty Shot

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    While fans have a tendency to blame losses on goaltending if it happens over a prolonged period of time, Jimmy Howard really got let down by his defense in this game.

    Detroit was leading 2-0 on the road in Phoenix when Shane Doan was hauled down by Brendan Smith on a breakaway. Doan was awarded a penalty shot, but was denied by Howard after trying to deke Howard out of the crease.

    Howard bailed his team out there, but the Red Wings gave up five goals the rest of the way, losing 5-2 in the process.

Jimmy Howard Denies Andrew Ladd on the Breakaway

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    The Detroit Red Wings came into this game against the Winnipeg Jets with a 9-4-2 record and were playing at the top of their game having won the first three games of a four-game road trip in Western Canada.

    Jimmy Howard may have taken the loss in this game against the Winnipeg Jets, but he made one of several highlight reel stops against them.

    He didn't get any help from his defense in this game. Andrew Ladd was allowed to take a feed over the Red Wings blue line and walk right in and almost buried it to open the scoring.

    Howard's stop on a point-blank effort would keep his team in the game for the moment.

Jimmy Howard Stops Matt Halischuk with the Toe

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    Howard was later forced to make another quality stop on a shorthanded bid.

    Although the Red Wings ended up losing this game by a 4-2 score after leading 2-1, Jimmy Howard's stop on Matt Halischuk ended up giving the Red Wings a chance to stay in the game early on.

    In a 0-0 game, with Detroit on the power play, the last thing the Red Wings needed was to give up a shorthanded goal.

    Howard, who has been knocked of late for his shoddy play, was solid early on in this one, refusing to move his pad for a toe save late in the first period.

Jimmy Howard Robs Bryan Little

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    A goalie's primary job is to give his team a chance to win.

    The Red Wings, as stated on the previous slide, would go on to lose this game 4-2, but at the time of this save by Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings were up 2-1.

    Howard's robbery of Bryan Little on the Winnipeg Jets power play preserved his team lead for the time being and gave the Wings a chance to add to the lead.

    Unfortunately, Detroit could not muster any more offense and started a seven-game slide with this loss in Winnipeg.

Jonas Gustavsson Miraculously Finds the Puck and Throws It out with the Glove

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    Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. Jonas Gustavsson was both lucky and good on this stop of an Adam Henrique shot.

    With the Red Wings trailing 1-0, Jonas Gustavsson kept his team from going down 2-0, as he somehow reached behind his back and threw the puck out of the goal crease with his glove.

    Good thing he made that save, as the Red Wings would come back to win the game by a 3-1 score.

    This save was so good and so seamless that the Red Wings' announcers didn't even realize how good it was in live-game action. It wasn't until the overhead replay was shown that the full luckiness and skill of the save was known.

    Gustavsson is 8-1-1 this season. Saves like this are a big reason why he is pushing starting goalie Jimmy Howard for play time.

Jonas Gustavsson Stops Steve Ott's Penalty Shot

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    It seems like every time that Jimmy Howard has made a big save this season, his team ends up losing, while Jonas Gustavsson seems to have the opposite luck.

    Gustavsson stoned Steve Ott on this penalty shot, partially deflecting Ott's shot into the corner and just wide of the post.

    Ott tried to give Gustavsson a head fake and Ott partially fanned on the backhand shot, giving Gustavsson enough time to come over and get enough of the puck to keep it out.

    The Red Wings were tied 1-1 at this point in time and ended up winning 3-1 thanks to this stop by Gustavsson.

Jimmy Howard Robs Brian Boyle on the Rebound

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    Jimmy Howard must believe he's better off not making highlight saves, because every time he does (as stated in a previous slide) his team seems to lose.

    This stop on Brian Boyle was no exception.

    The Red Wings were leading 1-0 when Boyle was rejected by Howard on the initial shot and then had the rebound deflect over the net.

    The Rangers had the last laugh, however, winning 3-2 in overtime.

Jimmy Howard Takes Away the Cross-Crease Pass and Stops Daniel Sedin

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    Jimmy Howard finally got a break in this game, as the Red Wings were down 1-0 when he stopped Daniel Sedin from putting home what would have been a big deficit to come back from on the road in Vancouver.

    Howard's stop with 9:55 remaining in the second period paid off, as the Red Wings scored just a minute and 32 seconds later and took the lead before the end of the period.

    They would go on to win the game by that 2-1 score.

    Howard stole a couple games for the Wings in the playoffs last season and stole this one on the road in Vancouver, stopping 19 of 20 shots against.

Jimmy Howard Denies Mika Zibanejad

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    The Red Wings have seen their penalty kill rise in the rankings recently, but it still has a tendency to fall asleep sometimes.

    Enter Jimmy Howard. The American netminder kicked out Mika Zibanejad's attempt to make it 4-2, but the Ottawa Senators still ended up winning the game.

    Howard's cross-crease, sliding stop shouldn't go unnoticed, however, because it kept the game within reach for the Red Wings with just five minutes to go in the game.