Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler had to be carted off the ice on Monday night after a freak injury in Philadelphia.
Edler’s stick got caught in the skate of Flyers forward Jakub Voracek during the third period, causing the defenseman to spin around, lose his balance and smash his face onto the ice.
Edler slid behind the net and a Flyers player immediately began calling for medical help. The Canucks trainer and the Flyers trainer and team doctor came out to assist. They called for a stretcher.
Eventually, Edler was able to get up on his knees and into the stretcher. He was sitting up as he left, holding a towel to his nose.
His jersey and the area where he came to rest were covered with blood.
Voracek, who had scored earlier in the game, gave Edler a pat as he went off the ice.
“Terrible. Scary,” Canucks forward Brandon Sutter told reporters after the game. “Any time there’s blood on the ice, it’s tough to see and obviously all our thoughts are with Edler right now.”
But there appeared to be some positive early news for Edler as Sportsnet reported that he was seen walking out the trainer’s room after the game.
Coach Travis Green told reporters that Edler was being taken for X-rays on his face and that he had no further update.
The Flyers held on to win the game 2-1 and extend their winning streak to eight games.