Hurricanes’ Petr Mrazek, Trevor van Riemsdyk exit game vs. Islanders

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek injured himself on a play and immediately called in for his backup to replace him in Game 2.

Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Trevor van Riemsdyk and goaltender Petr Mrazek were forced to leave today’s game against the New York Islanders with injuries.

Van Riemsdyk suffered an upper-body injury, the team announced, ending his evening.

The injury appeared to occur early in the first period. After following the puck behind Carolina’s net, van Riemsdyk found himself on the receiving end of a hard hit into the boards from Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck. Van Riemsdyk skated to the bench immediately, holding his shoulder.

In 78 regular season games with the Hurricanes, van Riemsdyk posted three goals and 11 assists. Throughout Carolina’s playoff run so far, he has not registered a point, though the defender is one of the few Hurricanes players who’s previously endured the Stanley Cup grind, having won during his time with Chicago.

Later in the period, goaltender Mrazek was also forced to leave the game with an apparent lower-body injury. The team announced soon after that he would also miss the remainder of the tilt.

Mrazek has been essential to the Hurricanes so far in the playoffs, posting a 2.22 goals-against average to go along with a .914 save percentage in eight appearances.

Further details of Mrazek’s injury have not yet been released.

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