Jimmy Howard leaves on stretcher after injuring lower-body (VIDEO) [UPDATE]



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Right before puck drop, Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was named to the All-Star team. Minutes after the game started, Howard and others were wondering if he was going to be able play again any time soon, let alone the All-Star Game.

After misplaying the puck behind the net, Howard was attempting to recover and make a save as Washington’s Troy Brouwer slid the puck in the net. The result was Howard kicking his left leg out awkwardly in a split position.

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Immediately after Howard went down for the save, he fell forward and stayed that way as the trainer made his way out to the ice.

After spending a minute or two with the goalie, the trainer signaled for the stretcher to take Howard off the ice. Howard barely moved from his belly until the stretcher made it out to him. Howard kept his mask on as he was wheeled off the ice.

Petr Mrazek replaced Howard in net for the Red Wings.

It’s too soon to speculate which part of the lower body Howard injured or how long he could be out. Tough sledding not just for Howard, but for Detroit who was surprising people this year, partially on the strength of good goaltending.