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Avs' Leopold feeling fine after return from groin injury

DENVER -- Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold had some of
the standard aches and pains, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Leopold felt fine Saturday morning at practice after playing 19
minutes, 55 seconds in a 5-4 shootout loss to Phoenix the night
before.

It was Leopold's first game back since suffering a groin injury
Dec. 11 against Carolina. Leopold also missed 25 games to start the
season after hernia surgery.

"I feel really good," Leopold said shortly before leaving to
board a plane for Detroit. The Avalanche play the Red Wings on
Sunday afternoon.

Leopold cautioned not to read too much into just one game back
from the groin injury.

"Ask me after 10 games," he said. "That's when I'll know. The
last time I came back [from hernia surgery] I felt fine, too. But
in the fifth game I had the groin injury. It was a fluke deal."

Leopold was activated before the game Friday night from injured
reserve and scored a short-handed goal 5:20 into the first period.
The goal was Leopold's first since March 26, 2006, against Dallas.

The 26-year-old was acquired from Calgary last June in exchange
for Alex Tanguay.