Wings’ Howard keeps getting snow showers
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
SAN JOSE – The Red Wings are tired of Jimmy Howard getting snow showers from the Sharks.
While the Wings’ goalie kept his cool Sunday - after trying to take off Joe Pavelski’s head in Game 1 - captain Nicklas Lidstrom confirmed they’ve spoken to the officials about the fact the Sharks’ player keep showering Howard.
There were at least four more incidents in Game 2.
“We’ve mentioned it - several times - and I don’t know why they keep allowing them to do it,” said Lidstrom. “We keep telling the refs. It’s up to the refs. They could stop it right away by calling it.
“It’s pretty obvious they’re trying to do it. It’s really easy for the refs to do something about it.”
Detroit coach Mike Babcock is incensed with the tactic.
“This is what I’ve found over the years, every time I make a comment about any of this stuff it comes back to bite me in the butt, but that’s a really good question,” said Babcock.
San Jose coach Todd McLellan said it’s not intentional.
“When it comes to snow showers I have no time for gimmicks and that type of crap,” said McLellan. “If our players are doing that, they’re going to hear from me, but they’re going to hear from me even more when they don’t go to the net and stop on a loose puck.
“If you look, pucks are bobbling around. They know it’s not a circus and not a gong show. We want them going to blue paint. Just like the other team is.”