Canucks defenseman Alex Edler underwent X-rays and remained in Philadelpia overnight after suffering a scary fall against the Flyers on Monday as his teammates traveled on to Washington to take on the Capitals, the Vancouver Sun reported.
He was taken from the ice on a stretcher after landing face first on the ice when his stick got caught in Jakub Voracek’s skate midway through the third period of the Canucks’ 2-1 loss.
Scary incident in Philly as the stretcher came out for Alex Edler after he smashed his face off the ice.
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“You see that blood on the ice and it shakes you for sure,” teammate Brandon Sutter said afterward.
“That was scary,” Bo Horvat said. “You never want to see a teammate go down like that, especially your best defenseman. You see a guy get knocked unconscious like that and then you see all the blood. We wanted to get that (win) for him and we deserved better tonight.”
Fans gave Edler a standing ovation as he left the ice.
“It’s obviously scary when you see something like that happen,” Voracek said. “You don’t want it to happen but unfortunately it happens sometimes. I was just driving the net and I felt his stick on my skate and after that I didn’t even see him fall. It was not a good look after. Hopefully he’s all right.”
As of 8 a.m. ET Tuesday, the Canucks hadn’t offered any update on the results of the X-rays after the incident.
Vancouver faces the Stanley Cup champion Capitals on Tuesday night.
Edler, 32, is in his 13th season with the Canucks. He has totaled 20 points, tops among Vancouver defensemen, on five goals and 15 assists in 2018-19 but means much more to the team. Entering Monday’s game, he was leading the team in average ice time (23:24) and blocked shots (109) and was fifth in hits (80) to go with manning the first power-play unit.
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