Remember last spring when the Detroit Red Wings thought they were going to ride the goaltending of future Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek to the Stanley Cup?
Here’s one a little more recent: Remember when the Boston Bruins were a two-goaltender team so fearsome they took down those defending champion Red Wings, plus pretty much every other would-be contender that stood in their way. That was just three months ago.
Well, the ’08 Red Wings were forced by an injury to turn to Chris Osgood after just four postseason games. Having played in 43 regular-season games to Hasek’s 41, Osgood was sharp and ready to go when it came time to carry the Wings to the promised land. Last season’s Red Wings should be a cautionary tale for a Bruins club that has suddenly turned into a goaltending dictatorship rather than a bi-netminder system. (more…)