Red Wings’ Howard leaves on stretcher, won’t return because of groin injury (Update)

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It was a scary scene for the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, as Jimmy Howard needed help off the ice on a stretcher during tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals.

Here’s video of the injury:

In the meantime, here’s a useful description of what happened:

Update: When you see the word “stretcher,” you imagine the worst, but it looks like a groin injury so far. That doesn’t mean that Howard will avoid missing a big chunk of games, however. He won’t return to Saturday’s contest.

If he’s out for a while, Detroit’s goaltending group is seriously depleted. Petr Mrazek may have to shoulder quite the burden with Jonas Gustavsson also on the mend.