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Detroit's Jimmy Howard has lower-body injury - aliciahuang - 01-12-2018

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard will miss Detroit's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night with a lower-body injury.

 with Howard stopping 145 of 151 shots in those games.,Authentic Joe Thornton jersey,Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill confirmed Saturday that Howard hurt himself in Friday night's win over Florida . Detroit has won four games in a row

 and the Red Wings have five days off after the game against Tampa Bay.,Howard is considered day-to-day

 trying to wake up a Lightning team that had dug itself a three-goal hole against the Senators.,Captain Steven Stamkos delivered the first message at the first intermission

" Stamkos told the team Saturday night. "Either we’re going to get blown out or we’re going to battle back and make this a game.","We’ve got a decision to make

The Lightning did make it a game, erasing the three-goal deficit in the second period. But Tampa Bay still lost 6-3, its first back-to-back losses since Nov. 24-25.

 who delivered a telling opening statement at his news conference and then walked off.,That sparked an even stronger — and pointed — message from coach Jon Cooper

"There’s a little bit of entitlement running through our team right now," Cooper said. "There’s a group of guys that are going to have to circle the wagons in there, and figure this out. Because we’re going down a road. This is that part of the season now where you can’t let things slide., the leaders

 we’re not going anywhere.","You can’t win a Stanley Cup in the regular season. You have to get to the playoffs first. And I think there’s a team in there that thinks we already made the playoffs. With that attitude

RELATED: Raw feelings from 2017 keep Lightning focused on this year’s ultimate prize.

 29-9-3,The Lightning still has the best record in the league, and a nine-point lead in the Atlantic Division. But as much as players have said they’re not getting ahead of themselves, it could lead to a slide., their play in the past two games tells a different story. And if that continues

 but it is not without flaws. Had it not been for the remarkable play of goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy — a league MVP candidate — the Lightning might be sitting in a different position. He has bailed Tampa Bay out so many times and was the only reason it salvaged a point in a 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal on Thursday.,Tampa Bay is very talented and deep

Vasilevskiy had no chance to do that Saturday, one more than he had in his past six starts combined., allowing six goals

On Thursday, loose defensive play led to 10 odd-man rushes by the Canadiens," Cooper said. "That’s just a non-commitment to play in your own end.", one of the worst offensive teams in the league. There was more sloppiness Saturday. Ottawa’s first goal came on a bad Jake Dotchin turnover deep in his zone. Another came when Nikita Kucherov got beat to the front of the net by Zach Smith. "Those were men’s league goals

 scoring three unanswered goals to tie the score heading into the third. Victor Hedman scored in the opening minute. Slater Koekkoek,The Lightning responded well in the second period,adidas Kris Letang jersey, Ontario, in front of many family and friends from nearby Winchester," he said.,adidas Jake Guentzel jersey, added another. "I think my whole hometown was here

 who fired the puck into an empty net. Ottawa got two more goals in the last five minutes.,Ottawa scored the winner midway through the third. Vasilev-skiy made a stellar first stop but couldn’t cover the puck in a mad scramble. The rebound popped out to Mark Stone

 each minus-2. Typically steady defenseman Anton Stralman was minus-4. Chris Kunitz and Ryan Callahan were on the ice during the scrambling shift where Ottawa scored the winner.,Stamkos and Kucherov were kept off the score sheet

Not helping is that the Lightning hasn’t had a practice in 10 days because of the quirks of the schedule. "It always helps to have practice,adidas Matt Murray jersey, there’s no question, out of our control. We don’t need to practice to realize we can’t turn the puck over."," Callahan said. "But it’s part of the schedule

RELATED: Joe Smith’s takeaways from Saturday’s Lightning-Senators game.

After opening this five-game trip with back-to-back shutouts in Columbus and Toronto,adidas Joe Pavelski jersey, the Lightning has dropped two straight to division rivals. Tonight Tampa Bay faces a red-hot Red Wings team that has won four straight. This is where the veterans have to step up, Dan Girardi and four-time Stanley Cup winner Kunitz., guys such as Stamkos and Callahan

 the good part is they’re easily fixable.,Stamkos said that though self-inflicted mistakes are frustrating

"It’s not like we’re getting beat because of our system. It’s not us getting beat because the other team is better than us,adidas Patrick Marleau jersey, because you know you have the ability to stop it.," Stamkos said. "It’s beating ourselves. That’s the most frustrating part

"It’s also reassuring to know you can fix it. It’s in this room. We’ve done it all year. We need to respond next game because you don’t want these things to go on."

The Detroit Red Wings are going to face the team with the NHL’s best record, Sunday without goaltender Jimmy Howard., Tampa Bay

Coach Jeff Blashill said Howard is out for Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury.

Blashill is calling the injury day-to-day, the injury and schedule come at a good time., and with the Red Wings off for five days after Sunday’s game

But Blashill isn’t quite sure Howard will be ready when the Red Wings resume their schedule next weekend.

“I don’t have that answer, but I don’t know.”,” Blashill said as to whether Howard would be ready when the bye ends. “All I know right now is he is out (Sunday) and let’s see where it goes. I don’t think it’s going to be a long-term thing

The Red Wings will recall a goaltender from Grand Rapids Sunday to back up Petr Mrazek.

 who has been arguably the Red Wings’ best player during their current four-game winning streak — he has stopped 145 of 153 shots (.948 save percentage) — was hurt in the second period of Friday’s 4-2 victory over Florida.,Howard

” Blashill said. “He tried to skate this morning and couldn’t do everything he wanted to do be comfortable to play.”,“He was able to finish the game

Blashill said no tests have been scheduled at this time to test the severity of the injury.

Sunday’s game will be Mrazek’s first since he defeated the New York Islanders Dec. 19.

 with a 3.64 goal-against average and .892 save percentage.,Mrazek has only played 11 games this season

” Blashill said. “He’s certainly had some good ones going back to the playoffs. He’s worked hard to put himself in position to be ready and now he has to go out and play well.”,“Pete has had some great games against Tampa in his time here

William Karlsson scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to lift the Vegas Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

234 in attendance.,James Neal also scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots to improve to 9-2-1 in front of a season-high 18

 including nine straight wins.,The Western Conference-leading Golden Knights have the top home record in the NHL at 18-2-1. The expansion team is 9-0-1 in its last 10 at home

Behind excellent puck movement on the winner, who found Karlsson at the right dot for a one-timer for his team-high 22nd of the season., defenseman Deryk Engelland found Jonathan Marchessault with a blueline-to-blueline pass. Marchessault then pushed the puck forward to Reilly Smith

Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers and Ondrej Pavelec, finished with 32 saves., making his 10th appearance of the season

 adding initial reports were he was OK.,Girardi turned his head to the left when Detroit's Martin Frk took a shot on a power play and the puck appeared to hit the defenseman in the neck. He lay face down on the ice while a doctor evaluated him on the ice and was eventually able to sit up. Girardi later skated slowly off the ice with teammates at his side and walked toward the dressing room. The team confirmed in the second intermission that Girardi would not return to play

 putting the Lightning ahead 5-2.,Girardi assisted on Tyler Johnson's goal that put Tampa Bay up 2-0. Yanni Gourde and Nikita Kucherov restored two-goal leads in the second and third periods. Gourde added a second goal of the night late in the game

Louis Domingue stopped 34 shots for the NHL-leading Lightning. They avoided losing three straight for the first time this season.

Detroit had won a season-high four straight. Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader scored in the second and third period to pull the Red Wings within a goal. Detroit's Petr Mrazek made 19 saves, who was out with a lower-body injury.,Authentic Kris Letang jersey, filling in for Jimmy Howard

 who one-timed a shot over Tuukka Rask's pad during a 2-on-1.,Phil Kessel set up Malkin

Malkin and Kessel scored power-play goals in regulation, Kris Letang,Authentic Jake Guentzel jersey, and Sidney Crosby had three assists. The Penguins got consecutive victories for the first time since Dec. 1-2 when topped Buffalo twice., Jamie Oleksiak and Riley Sheahan also connected

 who made 14 saves on 19 shots before he was pulled after the Bruins' fifth goal.,Matt Murray stopped all six shots he faced in relief of Tristan Jarry

 David Pastrnak,Authentic Matt Murray jersey,Brad Marchand, David Backes, but earned a point for the 11th straight game (8-0-3).,Authentic Joe Pavelski jersey, Noel Acciari and Ryan Spponer scored in regulation for Boston. The Bruins lost

 Nicklas Backstrom scored at 4:17 of overtime and Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist to help Washington beat St. Louis.

Recognizing a change of possession in Washington's end late in overtime, received a long pass from T.J. Oshie and beat goalie Carter Hutton for his ninth goal of the season., Backstrom headed down ice

Ovechkin tied it at 2 on the power play 8 eight minutes into the third with his 27th goal,Authentic Patrick Marleau jersey, with Carl Gunnarson credited with a goal after his shot into pack of players evaded goaltender Braden Holtby with 4:09 remaining., and Lars Eller gave the Capitals the lead with 9:11 left. The lead did not last long

Holtby made 30 saves. The Capitals have won four in a row overall and nine consecutive home games.

 and Alexander Steen also scored. They have lost two in a row and six of their last seven road games.,adidas Joe Thornton jersey,Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for the Blues

 and Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat scored in the first period in Chicago's victory over slumping Edmonton.,Anton Forsberg made 32 saves