Canucks’ Edler stretchered off after crashing face-first onto ice

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher in Philadelphia on Monday night.

The incident happened nearing the mid-way point of the third period. Edler’s stick got caught in the skate of Flyers forward Jakub Voracek as he was shadowing him in the Canucks zone.

Edler got twisted around and hit his face violently on the ice, appearing to knock him unconscious.

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Blood was pouring out of Edler’s face as the Flyers (kudos to them for stopping immediately despite being well-positioned in the offensive zone) and referee immediately called for the trainers. Eventually, Edler was stretchered off the ice.

After the game, Canucks coach Travis Green said Edler had gone to get an x-ray on the injury and did not have any further update.

The Flyers held on to win 2-1, winning their eighth straight game.

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