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Dizziness forces Wings' Gustavsson to leave game

Monday, 02.03.2014 / 8:54 PM / News

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Dizziness forces Wings' Gustavsson to leave game
Detroit Red wings starting goalie Jonas Gustavsson did not take the net for the second period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday due to dizziness.

Detroit Red Wings starting goalie Jonas Gustavsson did not take the net for the second period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday due to dizziness.

Gustavsson stopped all eight shots he faced in the first period. He was replaced by Jimmy Howard, who made 16 saves to complete a 2-0 shutout.

It was Detroit's first combined shutout since Oct. 27, 2001, when Manny Legace and Dominik Hasek defeated the Nashville Predators 1-0.

"Sometimes it's a crap shoot. You never really know until you get in there," Howard said. "Some nights like that can go your way and then other nights it can go in the complete opposite direction. Each time is different, and you just have to be ready to the best of your capabilities."

Howard saved a penalty shot by David Booth 4:41 into the second period and faced three shots in the third.

Gustavsson missed time earlier this season with a groin injury. He was on a five-game winning streak before losing his past two starts (5-1-1).

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I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic