Avalanche’s Philipp Grubauer leaves Game 1 vs. Stars with injury

Philipp Grubauer extended his right pad and stayed down, needing help off the ice. Pavel Francouz took over the net for the Avalanche against the Stars.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer left Game 1 of the team’s second-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars with an injury.

Grubauer was replaced by Pavel Francouz.

The injury appeared to occur early in the second period with Grubauer laying motionless on the ice for a couple of minutes.

The update after the game from Bednar was not promising either. Grubauer is not expected to attend practice on Sunday and Bednar said it was “bad news” that this was a tweak of a previous injury.

Grubauer, 28, has posted a 5-0-1 record with a 1.49 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in six playoff starts for the Avalanche this season.

Francouz has started two games in this year’s playoffs, winning one and losing another, while registering a 1.02 GAA and a .958 SV%.

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