Things turned scary early for Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard on Saturday evening.
The goalie had to be carted off the ice just 1:53 into the game after suffering an apparent left leg injury. The team placed their starting goalie on injured reserve on Sunday and recalled Thomas McCollum from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.
Howard went behind the net to play the puck, leading to a turnover and wraparound goal by Capitals forward Troy Brouwer.
In his rush to get back into the net, Howard’s legs split wide and awkwardly as he also slammed his right ankle into the post. It appeared the split was what caused the injury.
Howard laid on the ice for several minutes as the team’s trainer worked on the goalie’s left leg. The goalie then had to be helped up off the ice and was placed onto the stretcher. It was later announced that he would not return to the game.
Petr Mrazek replaced Howard, who has won 16 games for the Wings this season. In 31 games, Howard has had a 2.08 goal against average and a .921 save percentage. Those two numbers ranked fourth and ninth in the NHL entering Saturday night, hours after it was announced that Howard was among the 36 players selected for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game.