Hejda lost his balance and crashed into the corner boards in Colorado's zone after he got tangled up with Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello in a puck pursuit. Hejda clutched his knee and was helped off the ice, with one arm draped around Colorado trainer Matt Sokolowski and the other around fellow defenseman Nate Guenin.
“Right now it’s difficult to say,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said after the 8-2 loss when asked about Hejda's condition. “We’ll see more tomorrow or, I guess, the next day. The plan is to send him back to Denver tomorrow, and we’ll see. [Team physician] Dr. [Andrew] Parker will meet with Jan, and we’ll have more details.
“Right now, I cannot give you more details than that."
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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