Red Wings Lose Howard in 4-2 Win over Maple Leafs

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 Saturday night but lost starting goaltender Jimmy Howard in the process, as he suffered a shoulder injury early in the third period.

With the Red Wings leading 2-1, Joffrey Lupul drove to the net and bumped Howard, then fell on top of him and swept the rebound of a Phil Kessel shot into the net. Howard could not continue after the play and was replaced between the pipes by Joey MacDonald.

Jiri Hudler would put Detroit back in front just 38 seconds later, slapping a shot from the left faceoff circle past Toronto netminder James Reimer.

Todd Bertuzzi rounded out the game's scoring with an empty net goal in the final minute.

Henrik Zetterberg had opened the game's scoring 5:05 in, swatting a backhand rebound chance under Reimer with the Red Wings on a power play.

Nazem Kadri made it 1-1 with 2:04 left in the first, snapping a shot from the right faceoff circle through a Darryl Boyce screen and past Howard on the short side.

Tomas Holmstrom gave the Red Wings a second lead at 9:17 of the second period, deflecting a Niklas Kronwall shot from the blue line past Reimer on another Detroit power play.

The Wings finished the night two-for-two with the man advantage while the Leafs were scoreless on four power play attempts.

Howard stopped 15 of 17 shots before his injury. MacDonald stoped all seven shots he faced in picking up the win while Reimer made 25 saves on 28 shots.

The win puts the Red Wings at 1-1-1 in their current five-game homestand. They next host the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Notes: Detroit was without forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen due to injury. Ruslan Salei was a healthy scratch on defense... Red Wings general manager Ken Holland later said that Howard's injury "doesn't appear to be anything significant." With normal backup goalie Chris Osgood on long-term IR recovering from a sports hernia, Detroit is expected to call up either Thomas McCollum or Jordan Pearce to back up MacDonald on Monday.

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The Red Wings host the Maple Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada tonight (FSDetroit if you'd prefer the home coverage).

Jan Mursak has been sent back to Grand Rapids as Todd Bertuzzi will return to the lineup after missing one game. Ruslan Salei will sit on defense, making room for Jakub Kindl in the lineup.

Apparently Brett Lebda will be in the lineup for the Leafs, so that should be... something.

The Leafs need the win to stay alive in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Detroit has virtually clinched a playoff spot (tickets went on sale today) but sits tied with San Jose for second place in the West (with one game in hand on the Sharks) so playoff positioning is on the line.

Jimmy Howard starts for the Wings and rookie James Reimer gets the nod for Toronto. Reimer is unbeaten on the road in regulation in his young career.

Game time is 7:00.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/26/2011 at 2:20 PM


Zata with the PPG. Great tempo so far. Wings need to crack Reimer early so this isn't another one of those "Young goalie made to look amazing by the Wings" games.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/26/2011 at 7:24 PM


I had a feeling the first goal would go to Kadri...

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/26/2011 at 7:50 PM


Toronto putting a lot of pressure on the Wings, moving pretty quickly. Wings are gaining the zone well but not having a lot of room to work. Feels like the Leafs are working harder but getting fewer chances (haven't seen the actual shot totals). Could be a good thing for Detroit if that means Toronto will tire sooner.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/26/2011 at 7:53 PM


I see Lebda still makes the same mistakes he did in Detroit.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/26/2011 at 8:00 PM


Good to see Abs stand up for his teammates there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/26/2011 at 8:38 PM


Lupul sitting on Howard, puts the puck in, Howard's hurt and no goalie interference. What. The. f*ck.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/26/2011 at 9:16 PM


Look at how Hudler can score without taking the goalie out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/26/2011 at 9:19 PM


Bert kills the Leafs playoff hopes. At least there's solace in that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/26/2011 at 9:46 PM


I want the NHL to answer why Tomas Holmstrom is constantly called for goalie interference even though he barely touches the opposition. The goal that was called back in Nashville is proof there is some form of conspiracy. Detroit will have two to three goals called back however, the other team can sit on Jimmy Howard and not only score a goal but get away with it? This is bullsh*t and Colin Campbell owes the fans in Detroit an answer.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/27/2011 at 7:34 PM


Actually, this one's not on Campbell. He's in charge of supplementary discipline, Terry Gregson is head of officiating.

Babcock wants the same answer. I don't think any of us are going to get it. My best guess is personal bias. Lots of refs have decided that Holmstrom goes where they don't want him to and they're going to hold it against him forever. And there's no accountability so they don't get called on it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/27/2011 at 10:38 PM

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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