Because of a fractured sternum during ‘legal checks’, the Colorado Avalanche will not have defenseman Samuel Girard in the remainder of the postseason

ST. LOUIS Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel GirardJared Bednar, coach, said Saturday night that his team will be out for the remainder of the postseason because they have a damaged sternum.

Girard, who plays a major role on Colorado's No. The team initially referred to Girard's injury as an upper-body injury. It occurred 1:49 into Game 3. 5-2 victoryThe St. Louis Blues.

Blues forward Girard had Girard tested Ivan BarbashevHe fell to the ice just near the boards, behind the Avalanche net. After the win, he was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

“I didn’t love it seeing the live game,” Bednar admitted after the win which gave Colorado a 2-1 series lead. “He caught him in a bad spot but I thought that it was a legal test, to be truthful with you.”

The Avalanche played the remainder of the game without five defensemen. Bednar’s top unit got a bigger share of the ice-time. Cale MakarThe final time on the ice was 28:49 and 34 shifts. And Devon ToewsEnded with 38 and 30.56

Colorado finally broke through a tight game by scoring two late goals in the final period. Artturi LehkonenAnd Gabriel LandeskogDarcy KuemperThe Avalanche had 29 stops, giving them a chance to win a 3-1 lead Monday night.

Bednar stated that he thought the team was highly competitive in all aspects of their game.

Girard will be missed, even though Makar and Toews are receiving the majority of the praise for the Colorado back line. Girard, a former second-round pick of the Avalanche, had five goals and 28 assists for the Avalanche in this season. He was also averaging 20.49 minutes on the ice in postseason to go with three points.

This report was compiled by the Associated Press.

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