Kuemper Feels ‘Good’ Ahead of Second Round

Darcy Kumper is ready for the second round.

The Colorado Avalanche goaltender is back in action and ready for the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs when he and the Avalanche take on the St. Louis Blues (date and start time to be announced).

Kuemper’s return is excellent news for the Avalanche as the goalie suffered a freak accident in the last minute of the first period of Game 3 against Nashville in the first round which saw Predators forward Ryan Johansen’s bat hit him through his mask. Luckily, the array stick didn’t cause any damage to Kuemper’s right eye itself, but he did suffer swelling around the entire eyelid.

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“It was a scary situation,” said Kümper in his first media presence since the injury and after the team’s training session on Sunday afternoon. “I didn’t really see anything happen. I didn’t know what happened until I watched it afterwards. It happened so quickly. “

After being diverted to the locker room, Kuemper did not return for the remainder of Game 3, nor did he get dressed for Game 4 on May 9, where Colorado completed the eventual victory over Nashville Pavel Françouz in the web.

Through three starts and 147:29, the 32-year-old left catcher conceded just four goals, made 57 saves on 61 shots, and earned a 0.934% SV and a 1.63 GAA.

Now, just about a week into Game 4, Kuemper confirmed that he feels ready and excited to get back in game action any day he chooses, while Colorado waits for the date and start time for Game 1 of Round 2 against USA Waits St. Louis blues.

“For me personally, it was great to have that extra time to heal,” Kuemper said. “We’re doing everything we can to be able to play again. Playoffs are the funnest time of the year to play. Especially here at home in front of the audience. The crowd here was so much fun [in the First Round]so we can’t wait to get started.”

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