LOS ANGELES -- Colorado Avalanche rookie goaltender Sami Aittokallio didn't make it through his NHL debut.
The 20-year-old left the game against the Los Angeles Kings midway through the third period and wasn't around for the end of L.A.'s 3-2 shootout
Aittokallio appeared to have his leg buckle at 9:24 of the third while the Kings were attacking shorthanded. He was helped off the ice and replaced by Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
"He had cramps in the legs," coach Joe Sacco said. "Both legs cramped up. Obviously it was pretty serious because he couldn't finish the game. Just dehydrated.
Aittokallio, 20, was the second-youngest goalie to start a game for Colorado, behind Marc Denis, who was 19 in 1996. Aittokallio allowed two goals on the first six shots he faced but settled down and the game was tied 2-2 when he left.
It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I've had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.
— Boston forward Jarome Iginla on his return to Calgary, where he played for 16 seasons