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by George Malik on 03/26/11 at 11:30 PM ET
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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