Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer suffers lower-body injury vs. Kings

Philipp Grubauer is forced to leave the Stadium Series game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings after taking a hard collision from his own teammate Ian Cole in the crease.

Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said in his post-game press conference.

With under three minutes gone in the third period, Grubauer was hit by Colorado defenceman Ian Cole on an accidental play that started and ended quickly.

Cole, backchecking to defend against Kings forward Austin Wagner, ran out of room and collided with Grubauer, who immediately fell back onto the ice.

Play was stopped in order for Grubauer to leave the game and be replaced by Pavel Francouz. The severity of Grubauer’s injury is not yet known.

The 28-year-old Grubauer had won six of his eight previous starts and posted a .940 save percentage in that span. On the season, he is 18-12-4 with a 2.65 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

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