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Shoulder injury sidelines Gustavsson

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Jonas Gustavsson
Goalie  - DET
Record: 1-1-1
GAA: 2.30 | Sv%: .908
DETROITJonas Gustavsson’s outstanding performance Wednesday didn’t end so well.

The Red Wings’ backup goaltender suffered a dislocated shoulder in the final seconds of the game trying to prevent Rangers center Derick Brassard from scoring the game-winner on a power play at 1:50 of overtime.

“He’ll probably be out a bit,” coach Mike Babcock said, following the game at Madison Square Garden. “I don’t know exactly until our doctors see him.”

General manager Ken Holland told local media Thursday that they’ll know more about Gustavsson’s prognosis after he has x-rays and is examined by team doctors Friday. But he'll likely be sidelined for weeks.

“I don’t have any timeframe for you,” Holland said. “I don’t know if he needs surgery or doesn’t need surgery. I know it’s dislocated. He’s out for a significant period of time.”

According to Holland, the team’s training staff popped Gustavsson’s shoulder back in place, Holland said. Gustavsson did not talk after the game, though he was seen leaving the arena with his left arm in a black sling.

Goalie Petr Mrazek was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids today.

With Pavel Datsyuk serving a two-minute tripping penalty, the Rangers went on a 4-on-3 man advantage in the opening minute of OT. Gustavsson made an initial stop through a screen on Dan Girardi’s blast from the point, but the puck squirted free to the right of the crease.

Gustavsson appeared to injure his left shoulder while diving to reach the loose puck. Brassard, however, won the race to the puck, flipping it in to the open net, giving the Rangers a 4-3 victory.

Despite the loss and the unfortunate injury, Gustavsson was spectacular, making 26 saves and holding the Red Wings in the game.

Late in the second period, Gustavsson made an incredible highlight-reel glove save on Rick Nash, which kept the score at 2-2 with 1:19 left.

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