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Red Wings lose Howard to an…injury… (updated: sounds like he’ll be OK soon)

Typical Leaf luck. Joffrey Lupul falls onto Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard’s left shoulder, lands on him, and the refs give Lupul a goal. Howard has left the game and the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman has Tweeted the following:

Howard will not return upper body

I have no idea whether he suffered a dislocated shoulder or is simply sore after taking all of Lupul’s 200-or-so-pounds-in-gear weight on his shoulder and back. We’ll find out after the game.

Update: Via Red Wings Feed, here’s the clip of the goal, which was bizarrely legal despite the fact that Lupul went into Howard:

Updates: From me, via Twitter:

Babcock on the radio: He says they’re going to have a look at Howard and they’ll know more tomorrow and go from there.
So, in other words, Babcock doesn’t know what’s wrong with Howard. He says that Lupul got into the crease, he bumped into Howard, then Draper bumped Lupul and Lupul fell over Howard, and he doesn’t like the fact that when Homer’s near the crease, goals are waved off but the refs allow goals to count when players run into our goalie.
Babcock says that he has not talked to Howard, just Piet Van Zant. He’ll get checked out and they’ll go from there. Again, via WXYT.

Pretty good news after the jump:

Update YAY via Cotsonika:

Ken Holland on Jimmy Howard: Upper body. Doesn’t appear to be significant. Sprain or strain. Precautionary MRI.

More from Friedman:

Babcock said they will know more about Howard’s injury tomorrow. Overall sense is that it’s not as bad as it looked.

Update 10:27 via Scott Morrison:

Ken Holland says Howard had pretty good movement in his shoulder before going to hospital for MRI. Hopeful it is a strain or light sprain.

Update 10:39 PM: From a private source:

“They say it is not as bad as it looks.”

Update 10:43 PM: Per MLive’s Ansar Khan:

“It doesn’t appear to be anything significant, day-to-day,’’ Holland said. “Looks like a strain or a sprain. He’s going to go for a precautionary MRI, but he looked to be OK.’‘

He added: “Unless the tests come back anything different, doctors don’t think so (it’s serious).’‘

Holland said the club likely will recall somebody to back-up Joey MacDonald for Monday’s game against Chicago.

Update 10:47 PM: Per Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily:

The injury to Jimmy Howard appears to be nothing serious. At least that’s what Wings general manager Ken Holland is saying, calling it an upper-body injury.

“It doesn’t appear to be anything significant, day-to-day,” Holland said. “Looks like a strain or a sprain. He’s going to go for a precautionary MRI, but he looked to be OK. Unless the tests come back anything different, doctors don’t think so (it’s serious),” Holland added.

Holland said the club likely will recall somebody to back-up Joey MacDonald for Monday’s game against Chicago. Howard was injured 6:11 into the third period and immediately left the game. The injury happened when Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul fell on Howard’s left shoulder while the Wings’ netminder was on the ice. Howard was hunched over as he left the ice, favoring his left shoulder. Joey MacDonald replaced Howard. On the replay, Lupul clearly collided with Howard, but was forced on top of him when Kris Draper ran into the Leafs’ forward.

“Lupul went into the crease and he bumped into our guy,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Draper pushed him in after and fell on him. It’s easy for us because we all saw the replay so it’s easy to evaluate officiating Guys get injured,” Babcock added. “You just have to keep playing.”
“The referees are out there trying to make the right call,” Babcock said. “The part I don’t like is when (Tomas) Holmstrom is near the net the whistle goes and the goals are waved off. They’re allowed to fall on the goalie. It’s one of those things that happen in hockey, but ideally we’re making sure we’re looking after the goalies.”

Update 10:54 PM: Per DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose:

It appeared that Howard injured his left shoulder on a Leafs’ scoring that tied the game at 2, with 13:49 left in regulation. The Red Wings summed up Howard’s status as an upper body injury.

Howard was hurt when Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul toppling over, landing on the left shoulder of the Wings’ netminder. Lupul, who scored on the play, was stationed in front of the Wings’ net, battling for position in the crease with Wings center Kris Draper.  Neither referee Bill McCreary nor Marcus Vinnerborg whistled the Maple Leafs’ forward for goaltender interference, which puzzled Wings coach Mike Babcock.

“I saw their guy go in the crease – Lupul went into the crease – bumped into our guy, then Draper pushed him in, and after he fell on him,” Babcock said. “I mean it’s easy for us, we saw the replay ... The part I don’t like is that when (Tomas) Holmstrom is near the net, the whistle goes and the goals are waived off, and they’re allowed to fall on the goalie. It’s one of those things that happen in hockey, and we need to make sure we’re looking after the goalies.”

Wings general manager Ken Holland spoke to the media following Saturday’s game and said that at first glance, the injury to Howard doesn’t appear to be serious, though team doctors still plan to order an MRI as a precaution.  Backup goalie Joey MacDonald came in and blanked the Maple Leafs in the final 13 minutes, stopping all seven shots that he faced in relief. The Red Wings earned two big points in the standings after Jiri Hudler and Todd Bertuzzi (empty net) scored to lift them to a 4-2 victory over their Original Six archrivals.

“I thought Mac did a real good job,” Babcock said. “They had a couple chances at the end there and he gave a real good poke-check when they were coming around the net and one of their guys fell, so it is what it is.”

Update 11:29 PM: The official AP/CP quote:

“It doesn’t appear to be anything significant,” Detroit general manger Ken Holland said about Howard. “He’s day-to-day, probably sprain or a strain.”

He added Howard would have a precautionary MRI and would only say it was an “upper-body” injury.

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Evilpens's avatar

that is Not Good !

Posted by Evilpens on 03/26/11 at 10:50 PM ET

Denver Wings's avatar

Worst interference non-call in history.

Posted by Denver Wings on 03/26/11 at 10:59 PM ET


Wow I hope it’s not serious… because if it is, Joey MacDonald has suddenly become Detroit’s starting goalie for the 2011 playoffs.

Meanwhile in South California, Evgeni Nabokov sticks another pin into his Garth Snow voodoo doll.

Posted by fcjbencard on 03/26/11 at 11:14 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

From the way he was not moving the arm while on the ice and was using his other arm to support it while skating off, I would wager that it is a dislocated shoulder, and on his catching side to boot.  sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/26/11 at 11:16 PM ET

Modnar's avatar

So if Homer so much as farts on the opposing goalie it’s interference, but someone else *sits* on our goaltender and it’s a good goal?

I love this league!

Posted by Modnar on 03/26/11 at 11:21 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Who were the referees tonight?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/26/11 at 11:25 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

McCreary and Vinnerborg.

And at least Cotsonika’s suggesting that it’s not a big deal.

And Babcock agrees with you, Modnar. He’s pissed off at this whole concept that if Holmstrom stares at a goaltender wrong it’s no goal.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/26/11 at 11:26 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

regardless of how Lupul ended up on top of Howard, he was laying on top of the goaltender WHILE MAKING THE PLAY!

The NHL really sucks sometimes.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/26/11 at 11:43 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Who were the referees tonight?

Posted by shanetx on 03/26/11 at 10:25 PM ET

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/26/11 at 11:49 PM ET



Come two Mondays from now:
Robert “Don’t Call Me Bobby” Esche…
Sebastian “Fishy” Caron…
Dominik “46” Hasek…

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 03/27/11 at 12:02 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...Joey MacDonald has suddenly become Detroit’s starting goalie for the 2011 playoffs.

Personally, I’m not at all concerned about having J.Mac in goal from here until, well, whenever. He’s been rock-solid for the past two months (with a better SVG% and GAA than Howie). And having him in goal may just convince the rest of the Wings that it’s time to start playing like we all know they can – and as they did tonight after Jimmah went down.

As for the non-call on the play? What do you expect? That’s the way it’s been all year, and it’s the way it will be all the way through the playoffs. Apparently the refs expect the Wings to overcome that crap – so that’s what they’ll have to do. Period. End of story.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/27/11 at 01:23 AM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

Jimmah saves!!! But damned if Joey Mac hasn’t been holding down the fort as good as or better than Howard as of late. No matter what, we’re better off with Howard in net for the playoff run IMO.

But what happens if he let’s in another soft goal that sinks the Wings like the tying goal in game 3 from last year’s playoff? I love anybody who puts a Winged Wheel on their chest. But if Howard falters, I will be the un-silent majority when it comes to Nabby taking over for him next year. Nabby will be signed next year; whether or not he’ll be the starter or not will sort itself out during the regular season….

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 03/27/11 at 02:28 AM ET

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