The Vegas Golden Knights got their second-consecutive 5-1 win on Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild, but it came at a price. All-Star goaltender Logan Thompson left the game in the third period with an apparent left leg injury.
The injury was sustained, with the VGK already up 5-1 in the third period. The Wild pressured, and Thompson was forced to make a few sprawling saves, moving back and forth. It appears as if Thompson pulled something in his left leg while keeping the puck out of the net.
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The play was whistled dead as Thompson lay down in the crease, unable to get up. He had to be helped off the ice by Shea Theodore and Brayden McNabb. He was not able to put any weight on his left leg and did not return to the game as Adin Hill came in and finished off the win.
After the game, head coach Bruce Cassidy provided the following update.
"I saw him in there. He's moving around. We'll get an MRI in the morning and have a much better idea, and hopefully, we'll have good news. Hopefully, this is a quick one. But we won't know until tomorrow," said Cassidy.
In his first year as a true starter in the NHL, Logan Thompson has thrived. In 35 games played, he has a .913 save percentage and 2.69 GAA. He was named to the 2023 NHL All-Star Game and is in the conversation for the Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's top rookie of the year.
"He’s been the backbone of our group all year. He’s done a lot of heavy lifting and made a lot of big saves. It’s really hard to see him go down. Hopefully, he’s OK, and it’s nothing serious," said Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel.
The Golden Knights are currently missing Daniil Miromanov, and captain Mark Stone to injuries and also have Nolan Patrick, Robin Lehner, and Shea Weber out for the season.