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Darcy Kuemper Leaves Game 1 with Upper-Body Injury



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For the second time in these NHL playoffs, Darcy Kuemper was forced from a game early tonight. In the latter part of the second period, Kuemper left the game for what was described by the Colorado Avalanche as an upper-body injury.

Pavel Francouz relieved Kuemper, as the Avs held a 7-4 lead after two periods at press time.

Darcy Kuemper took a couple of shots into his facemask, and it’s very possible that’s where the injury occurred. But nothing is official.

Kuemper may have a tough time getting his starting job back even if he emerges healthy from this right away. He did not look good in the time he played, and he entered Game 1 with a .904 save percentage in the postseason – not a good percentage for a starting goalie.

Francouz made a couple of great saves toward the end of the second period, with the Oilers on the power play, to preserve the 7-4 lead.

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This story will be updated as news develops…

I was told by a source the injury might be an aggravation to the right eye – at least in some way. We won’t know for sure. I’d be surprised if he plays in Game 2, but we’ll see.

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I was also wondering whether he aggravated the eye. Frankly he looked a bit lost vision-wise on the Hyman rebound!


Or concussed. Hopefully he is ok sooner than later!

Gary Batman

He has been off not square to the netts on many shots!

Thor's Hammer

Yes he looked lost out there and the OT winner for Blues he totally wiffed.


Frankie absolutely made a couple nice early saves, but he was also torched for 3 goals too. I wish people would remain realistic about the goaltending. Ive heard for yoo many years people claim Frankie should be our starter…Bednar and Sakic obviously see otherwise. We should just leave that concern to them and support either tendy their expertise chooses.


All of those three goals were not Frankie’s fault. Horrible defensive coverage and lapses that led to those goals. Some incredible stops late in the game by Francouz. Kuemper is shaky at best. Possibly the effects of the stick to his eye and the high shots he received this game. I’m not suggesting that Francouz should be the starting goalie. I am glad that he is available and helped the Avs win tonight.

Thor's Hammer

LOL if not Frankie it would have been another goalie. Frankie will not even be in the league in two years.

Bob Neal

Spot on. You may not be suggesting that Frankie start in goal but I am. I always appreciate the “fans” that always blame complete defensive breakdowns on the “goalie”. Darcy is back to being an enigma. Hopefully, he is ok but my guess is he will be out at least a few games.

Thor's Hammer

Agreed. These silly Avs fans get too emotional. Frankie is a sieve. No other way about it.

Thor's Hammer

Kuemper is a weak link! No chance he is back next season thank God! And the Avs defense in front of the net is pitiful. Blues exploited it and so did the Oil. Helter Skelter was pitiful, Toews, Jack. Yuck!

Chris Lesnansky

If this is how you are during a win. Can’t imagine the way you are during a loss. How can you enjoy hockey when you don’t like half the team?

Lew Barr

I thought Kemper was playing pretty good in round one and he just hasn’t looked the same since he took that stick inside his facemask.


Looks good on ya. LOL 🤣🥲

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Gary Batman

39 is the new 49. Tiny in netts, cute skater. Let’s hope he stones the Oil!

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