Hutchinson replaces Francouz in Game 4 for Avalanche against Stars

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Michael Hutchinson made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut for the Colorado Avalanche when he replaced Pavel Francouz in the third period of Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Dallas Stars at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday.

Francouz allowed five goals on 26 shots before being pulled 8:02 into the third period. Colorado was trailing 5-2 when Hutchinson entered.

The Avalanche lost 5-4 and are one loss from being eliminated in the best-of-7 series.

Hutchinson made three saves.

Hutchinson, the third goalie with the Avalanche in Edmonton, has backed up Francouz since Philipp Grubauer left Game 1 with an injury. Each team was permitted to bring no more than 31 players, with no more than 28 skaters and an unlimited number of goalies, to its hub city.

Hutchinson, who was traded to the Avalanche by the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Calle Rosen on Feb. 24, was 4-9-1 with a 3.66 goals-against average and .886 save percentage in 15 games (11 starts) with Toronto this season. He saved 17 of 18 shots in his only start for the Avalanche, a 2-1 win at the Detroit Red Wings on March 2.

The 30-year-old was a third-round pick (No. 77) in the 2008 NHL Draft. He is 51-52-14 with a 2.80 GAA, .905 save percentage and five shutouts in 127 games (107 starts) with the Avalanche, Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets.

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