Avalanche forward Matt Calvert will miss Game 3 Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks with an upper-body injury, it was learned after Colorado’s morning skate at the Pepsi Center.
Calvert sustained his injury in the closing minutes of Game 2 Sunday, when he absorbed a massive mid-ice check from Sharks defenseman Brent Burns. Just before the hit, Calvert dished the puck to Nathan MacKinnon for what turned into the game-winning goal — an empty-netter that gave the Avs a 4-2 lead. They ended up winning 4-3 after Burns’ power-play goal with 11 seconds to play.
In hockey lingo, Calvert took a hit to make a play.
“He’s a player we really value. We’re going to miss him, and we’re going to have to step up accordingly,” Avs defenseman Ian Cole said of Calvert, whom he played with last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. “It’s stuff like that that makes a difference. It can’t be overstated how much those small things matter.”