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Red Wings Goalie Howard Leaves After 1st period

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DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 23:  Patrik Berglund #21 of the St. Louis Blues is stopped by Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 23, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – JANUARY 23: Patrik Berglund #21 of the St. Louis Blues is stopped by Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 23, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard left Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks after the first period due to a lower body injury.

He gave up one goal on five shots and the score was tied 1-1. He was back on the bench early in the second period.

Howard, who missed eight games last month with a broken finger, was replaced by Joey MacDonald. Howard also made his first All-Star Game appearance this season.

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