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Frei: Analyzing the scary Darcy Kuemper injury that looks to have a happy ending

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Darcy Kuemper
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NASHVILLE — As Predators center Ryan Johansen’s stick poked through the eyehole of the mask of Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper and made contact with Kuemper’s right eye, Johansen was looking to the side.

It wasn’t a high stick, given that Kuemper had dropped to his knees. It was just unfortunately placed.

Even if Johansen had tried to do it, which he didn’t, it would have required uncanny swordsman accuracy worthy of Ogie Ogilthorpe in “Slap Shot.”

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