Happy Holidays from the Detroit Red Wings!
If you wanted a glimpse of how difficult it is to win 400 games in the National Hockey League, one look at the other end of the ice Sunday would have been enough.
Andrew Raycroft got the nod for the visiting Dallas Stars and made 28 saves in his club’s 4-3 victory. What you may not remember is that the Belleville, Ontario native was once a Calder Trophy winner, posting a 29-18-9 record during the 2003-04 NHL season as a member of the Boston Bruins.
Then the lockout happened, sending Raycroft to Scandinavia looking for a place to play, first inking a deal with a team in the Swedish Elite League before latching on with a Finnish club. When it was all said and done, Raycroft played in just 11 games that season, a momentum killer after a dazzling freshman campaign.
Raycroft has played with five NHL teams in the six seasons since, suiting up for the Bruins, Maple Leafs, Avalanche, Stars and the Canucks. In 2006-07, he was Toronto’s ironman, playing in 72 games with 37 wins, but he has yet to match the 2.05 G.A.A. and the .926 save percentage posted during that Calder winning season.
In a profession where your next season is never guaranteed, Chris Osgood’s most impressive achievement may be withstanding the test of time. Not only has he statistically placed himself among the greatest goaltenders to ever play this game, but he has done so after being counted out, then counted on, time and time again.
The wins, those rings, 129 Stanley Cup playoff games and the fact that his team has not missed the playoffs during his 16 year NHL career speaks for itself.
- There will be another opportunity for Osgood to pick up his 400th victory writes Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News.
- Bill Roose has a recap of the game on the Red Wings website. He paints a great picture of the atmosphere at the Joe and how the crowd tried to will the team to victory.
- The Hockey Hall of Fame has a list of the all-time wins leaders. Grant Fuhr is ninth on the list with 403 career victories.
- The Brendan Smithsonian Institution was credentialed for the Bruins-Capitals game on Saturday.
- A Neuie Perspective claims that perfection tastes like curly fries.
- New games have been added to the St. Nick 5 Pack.