Detroit Red Wings: Best Chris Osgood Moments
Chris Osgood is the story that never should have been, at least if he listened to his doubters. Too often told he was too this or too that to play he proved them all wrong. He has won three Stanley Cups, 401 wins and 50 shutouts. He has put together a pretty solid Hall of Fame resume as discussed here.
His win total has him tenth all time. In the playoffs he is eighth in wins and fourth in shutouts.
From his first win October 27, 1993 against the Los Angeles Kings through his 401st and last on January 4th against the Edmonton Oilers, Osgood has always brought and unmistakable passion and drive to the game. His never give up attitude has struck a cord among the Red Wing faithful.
Osgood has now decided that it is time to retire and move onto the next step of his life. He will be a goalie consultant with the Wings. In celebration of his career here are some of the most memorable Chris Osgood moments.
The Fight with Roy
The Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings had one of the most heated rivalries in sports during the 1990s. In 1997, a huge brawl broke out between the teams in which goalies Patrick Roy and Mike Vernon traded punches.
On April Fool’s Day 1998, the two teams played again. Roy wanted to make up for the previous year and decided to challenge the much smaller Osgood. Osgood took him down to end the fight.
His First Cup as Starter
During the 1996-97 season, Osgood and Mike Vernon shared goalie duties. Despite Osgood having more wins and a better GAA, coach Scotty Bowman decided to go with the more experienced Vernon once the playoffs started.
The next season Osgood was the unquestioned starter and rose to the occasion as he helped the Wings win the Stanly Cup championship. While it was a great to raise a cup as the backup goalie, it was even sweeter to raise it as the starting goalie.
His Last Cup
Splitting time with Hasek during the season, Osgood found himself as the backup once the playoffs started. After a few rocky games by Hasek, Osgood came in during game four and never looked back.
The team won the first nine games that he started and went onto the win the Stanley Cup. He was considered in the running for the Conn Smythe as his 14-4 record and 1.55 GAA were very impressive. He also became only the fourth goalie to start the finals with back to back shutouts. In addition he became only the second goaltender to win the cup ten years or more apart.
He Shoots, He Scores
It is a rare occurrence for a goalie to score. When Osgood did it on March 6, 1996 against the Hartford Whalers, he was only the second goalie to ever actually shoot into the goal. Other goalies have been given credit as the last player to touch it. As can be seen on the video though, this was just one perfectly played shot.
December 27, 2010 in a game against the one time-arch enemy Colorado Avalanche, Osgood won his 400th game. He made 46 saves in this overtime thriller to secure the win.
He became only the 10th goalie to ever reach this milestone.
Game 6 Conference Finals 1998
Osgood had a rough game five in which he gave up a goal near the end of regulation then a long shot in OT. When the team needed him, Osgood rose to the occasion in game six. He bounced back from the game five miscue and shut out the high scoring Dallas Stars in game six, which sent the Wings onto the Stanley Cup finals.
Osgood had a rough regular season in which even he said “It was the worst I've played in that long of a stretch in my career."
Then the playoffs started. Osgood has made a career of playing great during the playoffs. His stats during the playoffs rank among the all time greats. But after the rough regular season, many wondered if he still had anything left.
He proved he still had it as he took the Wings all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He posted a remarkable 2.01 GAA during the playoffs and was the heavy favorite to win the Conn Smythe had the Wings won Game 7.