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Injuries sideline Mueller, Hejduk for Game 5

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -Avalanche coach Joe Sacco says injuries will prevent Milan Hejduk and Peter Mueller from making the trip to San Jose for Game 5 on Thursday night against the Sharks.

Hejduk is out with an upper-body injury, while Mueller has been sidelined the entire series with a head injury.

The series is tied at two games apiece.

Hejduk left Sunday's 1-0 overtime win early in the first period after a collision with teammate Paul Stastny as they drifted into the Sharks' zone. He was held out of a 2-1 overtime loss on Tuesday.

Mueller hasn't played since taking a hit along the boards against the Sharks on April 4.

Forward Kevin Porter will available for Thursday. He's been out since leaving Game 2 with an upper-body injury.

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