DETROIT – Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood and general manager Ken Holland have known each other for more than two decades.
If Osgood isn’t a Hall of Famer in another 20 years, Holland will be surprised.
“He’s certainly making a case,” Holland said Monday.
Osgood helped Detroit beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Sunday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
He improved to 10-2 when an NHL title is on the line, lowered his goals-against average to 1.47 and raised his save percentage to .937 in his 13th appearance.
“I think he’s playing the best hockey of his career,” Holland said.
In the Stanley Cup finals, he’s playing exceptionally well. No other goalie in the past 20 years has a better record in his first 12 games, according to STATS, LLC. Martin Brodeur, who backstopped the New Jersey Devils to Cup wins in 1995 and 2000 won nine of his first dozen. He’s 15-9 in the finals, behind Patrick Roy at 14-8.
But they both trail Osgood.
Osgood had an NHL-best 1.55 GAA during the playoffs last year when he helped Detroit hoist the Cup one decade after being its No. 1 goalie in the 1998 championship season.
He’s been pretty good in the regular season, too, even though he gave up more than three goals a game for the first time in his 15 seasons.
“When I’m done playing, I’ll look back at what I’ve done,” Osgood said. “Players always get appreciated more when they’re retired than actually still playing.”
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