Colorado goaltender Darcy Kuemper left Game 3 of the Avalanche’s first-round collection in opposition to the Nashville Predators on Saturday after taking a persist with the eye.

Kuemper was struck in the ultimate minutes of the primary interval by Predators ahead Ryan Johansen whereas he battled Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for place in entrance of the web. Johansen’s stick blade appeared to slip into Kuemper’s face masks and hit him in the correct eye. Kuemper fell to the ice in ache earlier than hurriedly being taken off by the Colorado medical workers.

Pavel Francouz got here in to interchange Kuemper, who didn’t return to begin the second interval. Colorado led 2-1 after the primary interval and holds a 2-0 benefit in the best-of-seven collection.

Kuemper had a terrific season for the Avalanche and had channeled that into a robust opening to the playoffs. Colorado’s starter was 37-12-4 in the common season with a 2.54 goals-against common and .921 save share, fifth finest amongst NHL goalies with at the very least 50 begins. Through the primary two video games of the postseason, Kuemper was 2-0-0 with .941 save share and 1.40 GAA.

Francouz had appeared in six NHL playoff video games previous to Saturday with a 2-4-0 report, .892 save share and 3.23 GAA. He has one postseason shutout on his résumé, from a 27-save efficiency in opposition to the Dallas Stars in August 2020.

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