Eric Staal, the Carolina Hurricanes captain filling the same role for Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, had to be helped off the ice after injuring his right leg in a collision with Sweden's Alexander Edler during the first period of the teams' quarterfinal game Thursday.
At 15:52 of the first, the pair collided knee-on-knee. Edler, a defenseman who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, was assessed a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.
Staal, a forward, was down in obvious pain and unable to put much weight on his leg when he was helped off the ice. He had three assists in seven games.
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News & Observer that Staal will fly to Raleigh on Friday and undergo an MRI exam Saturday. There is no word on the severity of injury.
"It's unfortunate and hopefully it's not too serious," Rutherford said. "If it is serious, hopefully there will be enough recovery time for him to be ready for next season. We'll just hope for the best."
Canada failed to score on the power play, which was ended when Andrew Ladd took a hooking penalty at 18:32.
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