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Canucks' Daniel Sedin feeling better after hit

by Kevin Woodley

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin was back at Rogers Arena on Monday for a season-ending press conference, and showed no ill-effects after being taken off the ice on a stretcher during the Canucks' game Sunday.

Sedin left Vancouver's 5-1 win against the Calgary Flames at 17:16 of the second period following a hit from behind into the boards by Flames forward Paul Byron. Sedin was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation and imaging. He was released before midnight and said he felt "OK" on Monday.

Byron was penalized with a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.

"Everything should be fine," Sedin said. "CT scan showed up good, so should be no problem. I was scared because I felt something wasn't right. I hit my head into the glass and fell down and I tried to lift my head, but I couldn't get it off the ice. Yeah, it was scary, but went to the hospital and everything looked good and it feels OK [Monday]."

Asked Monday if he sustained a concussion, Sedin said, "No, nothing."

The hit by Byron left Sedin down on the ice for several minutes. He was moving his fingers but nothing else when head athletic trainer Mike Burnstein called for a stretcher.

"The only thing I thought about was laying still," Sedin said. "I moved my hands and that felt good and then [Burnstein] told me to stay down, so it was more precautionary."

Byron said Monday he felt badly about the play.

"Yeah, definitely. Scary moment for sure. Wasn't my intentions at all to hurt him," Byron said. "I reached out by text this morning to him and just apologized for the hit. I didn't want to see that and it's not good for the game to see guys get hurt like that.

"He responded and I think he appreciated the text. I'm really glad he's OK."

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