Goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer is injured in the second half of the Avalanche’s loss in the first game against the Stars


Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer left his team’s 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday due to injury.In the second period, Grubauer found himself face down on the ice after repelling a shot with his right skate. He was assisted by coaches and replaced by Pavel Francouz as Colorado retired from Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals series.

“Obviously he’s in a position where he’s changed something, and he’s just unable to continue,” Avalanches coach Jared Bednar said. “So that’s bad news already. Time will tell how long he will be away. I have no idea at this point. … It will be the Francouz net here. ”

Grubauer, who was 5-0-1 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in the bubble in Edmonton, Alta., Heading into Game 1, has allowed three goals on 10 shots. Francouz stopped 18 of 20 shots.

The Avalanche pulled Francouz off the ice with 3:24 left for the man advantage.

It’s the first time in the playoffs that Colorado has fallen behind in a series, having beaten Arizona in five games in the first round. Dallas never lagged behind in Game 1.

“They came out strong, without a doubt,” Colorado forward Gabriel Landeskog said of the Stars, who beat the Calgary Flames in six games in the previous round. “Towards the end of that Calgary series, it seemed like they kind of picked up and started to play better than they showed in the round robin.

Bednar agreed.

“We made bad decisions, bad readings. I’ll give Dallas all the credit. They were committed and ready to fight to win, ”he said. “We did things that weren’t smart. Our brains weren’t on and they weren’t engaged. ”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here