Avalanche G Darcy Kuemper hit in eye area by stick, leaves Stanley Cup playoff Game 3 win over Predators

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The Colorado Avalanche extended their first-round playoff series result in 3-0 with a 7-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday, however a frightening injury avoided the Avs’ night from being totally favorable. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper harmed his eye location after taking a stay with the face late in the very first duration, requiring him out of the video game for excellent. 

With the Avalanche leading 2-1 with under a minute staying in the 2nd duration, Predators center Ryan Johansen appeared to have mistakenly poked his stick through Kuemper’s mask. Kuemper instantly struck the ice and started composing in discomfort as medical workers hurried to his side. 

After a couple of minutes, Kuemper increased from the ice and left for the locker space while holding a towel to his face. Here’s how the event decreased: 

Coach Jared Bednar minimized the degree of Kuemper’s injury after the video game, stating the goalie had swelling however was succeeding otherwise. Kuemper, Bednar stated, might potentially play as quickly as Game 4 on Monday. 

“He got evaluated right away and by the time we went back out, we had information it wasn’t going to be too serious,” Bednar stated, per the AP. “Serious enough for him not [to] be able to come back, but at least he’s able to see and do all that so that made us all feel better I think.”

Kuemper, who ranks 5th amongst NHL goalies with a 1.41 goals-against average this postseason, gathered 10 conserves prior to his injury. His replacement, Pavel Francouz, included another 18 conserves to assist bring the Avalanche within one video game of a first-round sweep. 

The Western Conference No. 1 seed Avalanche can knock out the No. 8 seed Predators with a win on Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET in Nashville. 

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