Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard left Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals on a stretcher.

At 1:53 of the first period with the Red Wings killing a penalty, Howard left the puck behind the net for his defense to play. Instead, Capitals forward Troy Brouwer got the puck and quickly scored on a wraparound as Howard scrambled to get back into position.

Howard hurt his groin while extending his left leg awkwardly trying to cover the post. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Prior to the game, Howard was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star game.

Petr Mrazek replaced Howard in goal.