It’s unclear where, exactly an errant stick quote Kuemper’s face. The most immediate concern is if it made contact with Kuemper’s eye. In a scary scene. Kuemper spent some time on the ice, then left for the locker room clutching his face.
To start the second period of Game 3, Kuemper was not on the Avalanche bench. Pavel Francouz replaced Kuemper as the Avalanche’s current goalie.
Darcy Kuemper was forced to leave the ice after Ryan Johansen‘s stick accidentally got through his mask and into the right eye area.
Pavel Francouz has come on in Kuemper’s place. pic.twitter.com/9dIBwaYLMY
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 7, 2022
Disturbingly, Darcy Kuemper’s suffered the misfortune of taking a stick up high (evading at least some of his mask protection) before. That happened to him as a member of the Coyotes back in 2019:
Francouz is no stranger to recent injury issues, either. He missed the entirety of last season for injury reasons.
This continues a downright baffling run of playoff goalie injuries. The Penguins and Hurricanes both suffered multiple goalie injuries, and the Predators entered the playoffs without Juuse Saros.
Here’s hoping that Darcy Kuemper avoided a major injury in Game 3. This post will be updated when more is known.
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