COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard bruised his knee in the first period of the Red Wings' game against the Blue Jackets and was helped off the ice.
The team posted an update on its Twitter feed after the first period with the nature of the injury, also saying that Howard wouldn't return to the game.
Howard was untouched by another player as he blocked a shot by the Blue Jackets' Derick Brassard with 7:17 left in the opening period Friday night. The goalie leaned down with his blocker, his legs tucked under him, and fell to the ice. He lay there for several minutes before he was gingerly helped to the dressing room.
The 26-year-old Howard came into the game with a 22-7-3 record, two shutouts, a 2.78 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
He was replaced by third-stringer Joey MacDonald. Backup Chris Osgood is already sidelined by a hernia.
Columbus led 2-0 at the time of the injury and led by that same score at the end of the period.