The contract dispute between the Avalanche and young center Ryan O'Reilly has undoubtedly hurt the team's on-ice product, but it pales in comparison to how much this team is hurting physically.
Defenseman Erik Johnson on Monday joined a long injury and unavailable list as Colorado completed a four-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime loss to Phoenix at the Pepsi Center.
Early in the third period, Johnson awkwardly absorbed a check from Martin Hanzal and went to the dressing room after slamming his stick against a wall on the way. Often used as the Avs' No. 1 defenseman, Johnson appeared to suffer a shoulder or chest injury.
The team had no injury report on Johnson after the game.
Earlier, fourth-line forward Patrick Bordeleau left the game with a hand injury after participating in a heavyweight fight, and forwards Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk and Jamie McGinn suffered injuries before returning. Bordeleau got stitches but was OK.
Phoenix captain Shane Doan won it in the final minute of OT, capitalizing on a fortunate bounce for his second goal of the game. Defenseman Greg Zanon tried to rim the puck around the boards, but it caromed off a referee to turn into a turnover. The Avs (4-6-1) finished 1-2-1 on the homestand.
"Those are the bounces we're getting lately," Zanon said.
"Have to make that save. It was an important shot. I should have made that save," Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov said. "I can't give up (three goals) every game."
Playing its first game in five nights appeared to benefit the Avs early. Despite taking too many penalties and being unable to improve on the NHL's worst power play, the Avs erased a 1-0 deficit with second-period goals from Mark Olver (2:24) and Matt Duchene (5:28).


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