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Craig Anderson leaves game early with groin injury

Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks - Game Five

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 22: of the Colorado Avalanche of the San Jose Sharks in Game Five of their Western Conference Quaterfinals at HP Pavilion on April 22, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Brian Bahr

Well, good thing Peter Budaj actually did pretty well for himself during his brief run as the Colorado Avalanche starter via injury.

That’s because Craig Anderson seems like he might be banged up again, at least for the time being. After starting what was supposed to be his second game back from a freak knee injury that occurred during the team’s pregame warm-ups on October 26, Anderson reportedly stayed on the bench after one period of play because of a groin injury.

Longtime defenseman Adam Foote also left the game early because of a knee injury sustained from a Jeff Tambellini hit.

It’s unclear if Anderson’s groin injury is anything significant, but if he misses some time, there are some silver linings. Not to be grim about it, but a lesser 2010-11 season would make Anderson easier to retain. More positively, Budaj has been strong this season, as he sports an 8-3-1 record so far.

The Canucks are currently ahead of the Avalanche by a score of 3-1. We’ll have a recap of that game as well as the Chicago Blackhawks-San Jose Sharks contest sometime on Thursday.