BOSTON – Now, it’s starting to get ridiculous. The injury gods must be mad at the Colorado Avalanche, maybe because they didn’t manage to affect them enough in the playoffs last spring to prevent a Stanley Cup. The gods are getting their pound of flesh, literally and figuratively, now. Artturi Lehkonen was the latest to join the long injury list for the Avalanche, as he was hurt in the first period of tonight’s game here at TD Garden in the first period and didn’t return.
Artturi Lehkonen appeared to have been hurt after being tied up and taken down by Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy late in the first period. It seemed like it might be an upper-body injury.
The Avalanche came into the game, against the NHL’s top points team at the moment, already reed-thin depth-wise. Earlier in the day, it was announced that big, physical D-man Josh Manson would be lost week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Manson, in fact, has returned to Denver for further examination.
Jean-Luc Foudy took Lehkonen’s spot on a line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.
We’ll have an update from the coach on him after the game.
Let’s hope no other players join the injured list as this game keeps progressing.