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by George Malik on 10/14/13 at 05:53 PM ET
Updated with more news about Howard at 6:32 PM: Amongst the post-game gnus, notes and other stuff from the Red Wings' 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in a Columbus Day matinee (fear not, Wings fans, the game re-airs at 8 PM on FSD), mostly on a Twitter basis as it appears that the Wings' beat writers took mid-afternoon flights back to Detroit (which is a good idea given that it costs a crapton of money to stay in a hotel in Boston):
This is good news...
This is painful news...
And this made me laugh, especially given the reaction of the Bruins' press corps:
So yes, Babcock may have to frame the scoresheet given that the Bruins clutched and grabbed their way to 5 power plays (I can't say I blame him, though Brad Watson and whatever-his-name-is-that-isn't-Ghislan Hebert let a TON of crap go on both sides--what a difference a week makes in terms of the "crackdown," eh?)...
And it sounds like Howard's "blood in his hand" bruise (technically, that's what a bruise is, a pooling of blood) is going to keep him out for a couple of games (i.e. perhaps until the weekend):
Even in this day and age, it is possible to get a "stinger" in your hand and suffer a bruise, though I'm starting to wonder whether he got hacked on the back of the hand as that's generally a more vulnerable area (and while I haven't caught up on Saturday's game yet, the Flyers were hackin' and whackin' everybody).
Update: Here's more on Howard from MLive's Ansar Khan:
Jonas Gustavsson learned 15 minutes before the opening faceoff that his first start in nearly seven months was coming against one of the best teams in the league, in a building where his club was soundly beaten nine days earlier.
Gustavsson seized the moment. After a disappointing injury-riddled 2013 season, the Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender got off to a terrific start in 2013-14, making 28 saves to lead the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in a Columbus Day matinee at TD Garden.
“Got to give Gus a ton of credit,’’ coach Mike Babcock said “In the end, it was a real good start for us and for Gus because he gets confidence and we need to get 20 games or 20-plus games out of him. If he feels good about himself and our team feels good about him, he can play more and it keeps Howie fresher, so real positive for us.’’
It was determined in the pregame warmup that Jimmy Howard couldn’t play due to the bruised left (catching) hand he sustained during the second period of Saturday’s 5-2 win over Philadelphia. Howard said it is doubtful he will play Tuesday at home against Columbus.
“Tried to get through it (warmups) and just not happening,’’ Howard said. “I took three shots in the area where I got injured and it was extremely painful, so decided to rest it and get the swelling out of the area. It’s probably just day-today. The Monster did a great. He really played a great game for us. He deserves a lot of credit.’’
Said Babcock: “He practiced (Sunday) and was all right but he’s got some blood in the hand and they’re trying to keep (the swelling) down, but maybe it’s swollen too much now, so I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. We’ll monitor the situation and decide who goes tomorrow.’’
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