Quick Bit: Burakovsky left in the second period after taking a puck to the hand.

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The Avalanche are cruising to a Game 2 win in the Stanley Cup Final, but it may come at the cost of one of their forwards.

Andre Burakovsky left the second period of Saturday night’s contest against the Lightning after taking a puck to the hand. Victor Hedman had attempted a pass through the neutral zone that came up high on Burakovsky and clipped him.

The 27-year-old Austrian went down the tunnel and did not return to the bench the rest of the middle frame. The Avs led 5-0 after two periods.

Burakovsky had a goal in the first period, cleaning up a rebound of shot off the rush by Mikko Rantanen to put Colorado up 3-0. He assisted on the first goal of the game, finding Valeri Nichushkin in front for a tip-in goal on the power play.

He also was the hero in Game 1, potting the game-winning goal to lift the Avalanche to a 4-3 victory in overtime. In 12 playoff games this postseason, Burakovsky has three goals and five assists.

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Will Andre Burakovsky return to Game 2?

There has been no update on whether Burakovsky will return to the game. He did not return to the bench during the second period. He did not come out for the third period.

ESPN’s Emily Kaplan reported during the second period that he was being evaluated, but she did not have an update as to whether he would return to the contest.

What is Andre Burakovsky’s injury?

It appears as though the injury is to the hand. He took puck to it in his last shift before going to the locker room.

The forward did not skate between Games 1 and Game 2 in what Avalanche coach Jared Bednar referred to as “maintenance days.” It’s unclear what kept Burakovsky out of the team skates.

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