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Detroit fans were very wary of Howard entering these playoffs. His regular season numbers dropped from last season and there were prolonged bouts of inconsistent play. Thus far, he has been solid in goal, which is all the Red Wings ask of him.
In Game 1, with the team down 1-0, the Red Wings spent much of their first period fighting off power plays. Howard stood strong in net, allowing the Wings to gather themselves before coming back to win the game. Game 2 saw a big lead almost fall apart late as the Coyotes were able to score three power play goals.
In Game 3, the Wings scored two quick goals to start the game. The Coyotes sent a barrage of shots at Howard towards the end of the first period trying to get back into the game however he held strong making several great saves. Howard and the Red Wings now head into game four looking for the sweep.