Regarding last night's Phoenix game, he posted the following about the last goal, under the title "The game-winner wasn't Osgood's fault."
Despite the claims of Ken Daniels and Larry Murphy that Chris Osgood should have stopped Adrian Aucoin's game-winner...Jonathan Ericsson tipped the puck from what would have been Osgood's five-hole to the blocker side, or at least swatted at it to the point that Osgood didn't get set.
And on the game last Saturday when Ozzie gave up a soft wrist shot from outside the circles and another goal between the legs, Malik had this to say.
For all one could say about Osgood's performance tonight, Craig Anderson looked equally shaky on the goals he gave up, and while the first goal Osgood gave up may have been a "squeaker," the Red Wings ensured that the Avalanche would score on essentially the same play every time.Regarding Saturday's game, Osgood was average in net at best. The goal that went between his legs was stoppable (something we need now) and the wrist shot by Duchene was a must stop. As a stupid goalie myself, I understand screens happen, but the shot was from far outside enough that there should be no problem finding the puck again and tracking it to the blocker. Stuart played it perfectly and simply, that shot has to be stopped. This shot was not much different than the game winner last night. The shot was again shot from almost the blue line, and, while I agree that there was a mild tip from the Big Rig, Ozzie again reached with his stick rather than following it with his blocker.
Once again, Ericsson and Lebda negated superb performances by getting caught up in line changes, and the usually-solid Stuart surprisingly followed suit in screening Osgood, and the third goal's three-on-three-turned-three-on-two was simply inexcusable...
Osgood used to have a huge issue with the lower blocker side early in his career, always going for a stick save when the proper move would be to extend to the puck with his blocker. He was always much more of a reaction goalie than a blocking goalie. After his banishment to the Island and St. Louis for a few years to work on his game (yes, I'm saying that getting traded to the Islanders and the Blues is sort of like sending someone down to the AHL), Osgood was called back up and has reemerged as a solid butterfly goalie with the ability to react to the puck when necessary. His fundamentals and experience usually make up for the fact that in today's game, his edge control, size and flexibility are all subpar as compared to other NHL netminders.
Now, having said that, Osgood was great in Phoenix for three periods. Usually that would be enough, but lately, we need him for the entire game on every shot. I know he can do it.
Jimmy starts tomorrow. I hope he can get in a regular rotation with about a 2-1 ratio with Osgood. If so I have no doubt he'll be fine.