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Published July 19, 2011 | National Hockey League

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood called it a career on Tuesday -- and what a career it was. The 38-year-old goaltender was a member of three Cup-winning teams with the Wings and is in the top 10 in career victories and the top 25 in shutouts. Osgood's retirement is sure to spark debate as to whether he belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Here's a look at "Ozzie's" career by the numbers. Let the debates begin.

0 -- Career losses by Osgood against Tampa Bay. Osgood was a perfect 17-0-0 against the Lightning, the most wins without a loss by any goaltender active in 2010-11 against another team. Osgood had a 1.87 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage against the Lightning.

1 -- Seasons in which Osgood led the NHL in goals-against average. In 2007-08, Osgood was tops among all goaltenders with a 2.09 GAA while leading Detroit to its fourth Stanley Cup title in 11 seasons.

2 -- Stanley Cups won by the Red Wings with Osgood in goal. After watching Mike Vernon carry the load in 1997, Osgood stepped in and earned all 16 of Detroit's victories in 1998, then took over for Dominik Hasek and went 14-4 to lead the Wings to the 2008 Cup.

3 -- Teams for which Osgood had at least one 30-win season. He put up 30 or more wins four times with Detroit, but also had more than 30 wins in his one full season with the New York Islanders (2001-02) and St. Louis Blues (2003-04).

4 -- Teams that Osgood did not shut out during his career, including the Red Wings. Against teams he faced more than 15 times in his career, the only one he didn't shut out was the Phoenix Coyotes.

5 -- Shutouts by Osgood against St. Louis, the most he had against any team. He had four apiece against Edmonton, Los Angeles, New Jersey and the New York Rangers.

6 -- Most shutouts by Osgood in a single season. Three times in a four-year span (1996-97, '97-98 and 1999-2000), Osgood put up six shutouts, accounting for 18 of the 50 he had in his career.

7 -- Regulation losses for Osgood in his 10 starts against the Red Wings. Osgood faced the Wings 10 times in his career and was 1-7-2. The Wings and Ottawa Senators (5-7-2) are the only teams against which Osgood had a losing record.

8 -- Osgood's rank on the all-time list for playoff victories. He won 74 of his 129 postseason games, three behind former teammate Mike Vernon and three ahead of Hall of Famer Jacques Plante. He's tops on Detroit's all-time list with 67 playoff victories.

9 -- Regulation losses by Osgood in both 2007-08 and '08-09. He went 53-18 in regulation combined in those two seasons (plus 12 overtime/shootout losses).

10 -- Osgood's spot on the all-time regular-season wins list. He became the 10th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 400-win mark by beating Colorado 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 28, 2010. His 401st and final victory came in a 5-3 win at Edmonton on Jan. 4, 2011.

12 -- Years between appearances in the All-Star Game for Osgood, an NHL record. He was selected for the 1996 All-Star Game, then didn't make it again in 2008.

13 -- Osgood's longest winning streak. He won 13 consecutive decisions from Jan. 30, 1996 to March 20, 1996. That was part of a 21-game unbeaten streak in which he went 19-0-2.

15 -- Playoff shutouts by Osgood, fourth on the all-time list. Only Patrick Roy (23), Martin Brodeur (23) and Curtis Joseph (16) have more.

20 -- Career points for Osgood, who is one of only eight goaltenders credited with a goal. On March 6, 1996, he scored into an empty net against Hartford, becoming only the second goaltender to score a goal by shooting the puck into the net. He also had 19 career assists.

28 -- Wins for Osgood against Chicago and Dallas, the most he had against any team. Osgood finished with a 28-16-4 record against Chicago, including a win in his only 2010-11 appearance against the Hawks. He went 0-1-1 against Dallas last season, but still finished 28-12-5 against the Stars in his career.

32 -- Wins by Osgood with the New York Islanders in 2001-02, when he led the Isles to their first playoff berth since 1994. The 32 victories tied the franchise single-season record held by Billy Smith and later matched by Rick DiPietro.

39 -- Most wins by Osgood in any one season. He went 39-6-5 for the Red Wings in 1995-96 and was a big reason that Detroit set the NHL single-season record with 62 victories.

46 -- Most saves made by Osgood in a game. He did it twice -- ironically, the second time came against Colorado in his 400th career victory. Half of those saves came in the second period, when he stopped all 23 shots he faced. Osgood also made 46 saves in a 2-1 win against Columbus in November 2000.

66 -- Games in which Osgood was credited with a tie before the NHL went to the shootout in 2005. Eleven of them came in 1997-98, the most he had in any season.

185 -- Difference between wins and regulation losses for Osgood, who ended his career with 401 wins and 216 regulation defeats. Only four goaltenders -- Brodeur, Roy, Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden -- have bigger won-lost differentials.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/07/1 ... z1Sa7P9ejQ

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July 19th, 2011, 3:36 pm
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Last Updated: July 19. 2011 3:17PM
Red Wings' Chris Osgood announces retirement
Ted Kulfan/ The Detroit News

Detroit —Chris Osgood's career has come to an end.

The veteran goaltender announced this afternoon he is ending his 17-year, Hall of Fame-caliber career. He will join the Red Wings front office as a goaltending coach.

Osgood, 38, said the decision to retire was equal parts physical (he had season-ending groin surgery in January) and mental, wanting to spend more time with his family and not being ready for the grind of another season.

"There are a lot of factors," said Osgood, who was part of three Stanley Cup teams with the Wings. "In the end, it was the right time for me. After I told (general manager) Kenny (Holland), I felt at peace with myself and realized I did the right thing. It was definitely a struggle on a day-to-day basis."

Osgood became the 10th goalie all-time to win 400 games — he finished his career with 401 — with a dramatic 46-save overtime victory Dec. 27 against Colorado.

Had he not gotten No. 400, Osgood likely would have come back.

"That (400 victories) was on my radar," Osgood said. "I was going to play until I got it. It sounds selfish, but that would have been my decision probably."

Osgood won 319 games with the Wings and had 39 shutouts. For his career (with the Wings, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues), Osgood played 744 games with 50 shutous.

His 74 playoff victories rank eighth all-time, and his 15 playoff shutouts are fourth.

Groin surgery last season ended Osgood's season in January. He was limited to 34 games over the last two seasons — only 11 last season.

Osgood was 5-3-2 last season with a 2.77 goals-against average and 90.3 save percentage.

Holland said the Wings are likely to sign a backup goalie by the end of the week. A probable candidate is Ty Conklin, who backed up Osgood for a season in 2009. Conklin is a free agent, after spending the last two seasons in St. Louis.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110719/SPO ... /Red-Wings’-Chris-Osgood-announces-retirement#ixzz1Sa8EGfVa

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July 19th, 2011, 3:38 pm
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Thank you Ozzie! Hope to see you in the Hall some time soon!

Go Wings!!!
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Sad to see him go, going to miss the Ozzy chants at the Joe.
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July 19th, 2011, 5:19 pm
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IMO he's not a HOF goalie, regardless of his #'s. I don't think the #'s tell the real tale of his career. He's an average goalie that was put into a great situation.


July 21st, 2011, 12:22 pm
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Really? Lot of people think he should be, his numbers in the playoffs were pretty good.

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Some HOF's put up incredible stats even in dire situations, others simply because of their longevity, consistency, and contribution to several championship teams. I think he fits a HOF career maybe not because he stood out talent wise, but because he did it well consistently for a long time. He played at a high level for a very long time... not to be ignored IMO.

Of course one could say it was clear that he struggled to even remain the main goaltender for the majority of his seasons... but maybe I have rose colored glasses here.

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Two cups under his wings and one as a backup, along with the career numbers should get him into the HOF.

Enjoy your retirement Ozzy!

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BTW, the Wings did sign Ty Conklin to replace him.

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Conklin is not a bad pick up there.

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Lions2SB2 wrote:
Really? Lot of people think he should be, his numbers in the playoffs were pretty good.


I agree that his numbers were good. But Trent Dilfer with two more SB rings isn't a HOF Qb, IMO. And that's what I think Osgood was for the Wings. IMO the HOF should be reserved for special players, and I really don't think he was all that good, despite putting up good #'s on a great team.


Personally I can't stand Ty Conklin and I hope we're able to trade or make some moves to get a legitimate starter. I really don't think Jimmy Howard is the answer, even though he is pretty cheap and looks great at times.


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Lions2SB2 wrote:
Really? Lot of people think he should be, his numbers in the playoffs were pretty good.


I agree that his numbers were good. But Trent Dilfer with two more SB rings isn't a HOF Qb, IMO. And that's what I think Osgood was for the Wings. IMO the HOF should be reserved for special players, and I really don't think he was all that good, despite putting up good #'s on a great team.


Very valid points.

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