The worst is confirmed for Gabriel Landeskog

The gruesome skate cut injury to the Avs' captain is reportedly worse than initially feared.

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After a heartbreaking Game 7 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars, the Colorado Avalanche's promising season is over. The high flying, dynamically offensive Avalanche played some fantastically entertaining hockey this post-season but in the end they simply couldn't get past the heavy, grinding play of the Stars.

It also didn't help the Avs that they were without captain Gabriel Landeskog for Game 7 after he suffered what appeared to be a gruesome skate cut just above his right knee after accidentally colliding with teammate Cale Makar. 

Here's the play in question:

Looks like nothing from that angle, so here's a closer look:

I have to say, it still looks like nothing to me. After all, wouldn't Landeskog have his knee covered by his shin pads?

In any case, Landeskog was reportedly cut deep in the knee and according to Avs insider Adrian Dater, he wouldn't be able to return to the team had they advanced past the Stars.

Check it out:

Ouch... that sounds pretty nasty. Here's hoping no ligaments or tendons damaged and that Landeskog can make a full recovery.