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Avalanche Win Game 3, Sam Girard Out For The Rest Of Playoffs

May 22, 2022, 1:30 PM ET [1 Comments]
Steve Palumbo
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The Colorado Avalanche grabbed a 2-1 series lead over the St. Louis Blues with a 5-2 win on Saturday night but in doing so they lost a valuable piece of the team's defensive corps.

A violent hit behind the 'Avs net from Blues forward Ivan Barbashev sent Girard flying into the boards - his head slammed into the glass and he went down in a heap.

Girard was taken to the hospital. Following the game, head coach Jared Bednar said Girard had broken his sternum and would miss the rest of the playoffs. A lethal blow for most teams but this Colorado team may have the depth needed to keep on trucking.

Especially with Blues goalie Jordon Binnington out for an extended time with a right leg injury.

Colorado's defense leads all playoff teams in scoring from the back end with 25 points. This after leading the NHL in regular-season scoring by the defense. Girard had a goal and two assists in seven playoff games.

Cale Makar leads the team with 11 points.

Artturi Lehkonen scored a pair of goals, Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist, and Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves for the win. Colorado regained control of home-ice advantage after dropping game two 4-1 in their own barn.

Game four is Monday in St. Louis.

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