Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon leaves game vs. Canucks with injury

Nathan MacKinnon was forced to leave the game after running into Alex Edler of the Vancouver Canucks. MacKinnon was in some discomfort on the bench.

VANCOUVER — Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon left Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks with an upper-body injury and did not return.

MacKinnon was hurt after taking a hit in the corner from Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler with about six minutes left in the second period.

The 22-year-old, whose helmet popped off as a result of the collision, skated slowly to the Colorado bench and appeared to be favouring his left shoulder.

MacKinnon was briefly attended to by a trainer before heading to the locker-room.

"I really don’t know a timeline. It’s upper-body," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar. "I don’t know if it’s day-to-day or not. I’ll have to talk to the trainers. We’ll probably know more (Wednesday)."

MacKinnon, who assisted on the Avalanche’s first goal against Vancouver, has 61 points on the season (24 goals, 37 assists) to sit three back of Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov for the NHL lead.

Colorado, which has now dropped three straight after winning 10 in a row, visits Edmonton on Thursday.

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