Canucks defenceman Alex Edler stretchered off ice vs. Flyers

Alexander Edler would need to be stretchered off the ice after taking an awkward fall and landing face first on the ice.

PHILADELPHIA — Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler was taken for X-rays after being bloodied and carted off on a stretcher during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

Edler crashed face-first to the ice midway through the third period of a 2-1 defeat. The scary-looking injury occurred when Edler’s skate got caught in the stick of Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek, causing Edler to lose his balance and slam into the ice. Players from both teams hastily waved for the training staff as Edler lay motionless at the side of the Canucks net.

With a bloodied face and dazed look, a conscious Edler eventually was wheeled off on a stretcher while sitting upright after a delay of several minutes.

Canucks coach Travis Green said after the game that Edler had gone for X-rays.

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