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Canucks' Daniel Sedin taken off the ice on stretcher

by Kevin Woodley

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin was taken off the ice on a stretcher after an awkward hit into the side boards late in the second period against the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.

Sedin's head hit the glass after he was hit from behind by Flames forward Paul Byron, and he never got up on the ice. Sedin was moving his fingers but nothing else as medical trainer Mike Burnstein came off the bench and quickly called for a stretcher to take Sedin off the ice.

The Canucks said Sedin was taken "in stable condition to Vancouver General Hospital to undergo further evaluation and imaging. He exhibited signs of movement to his extremities and showed improvement from initially being hit. No assessment will be made until completion of this evaluation."

Twin brother Henrik Sedin left the game as Daniel was wheeled off after being carefully strapped onto the stretcher. He returned to start the third period.

"I believe he’s OK," coach John Tortorella said after the season-ending 5-1 victory. "He did got to the hospital, precautionary, and the last report I got from (Burnstein) is he is OK.

"You are concerned about the guy. I am glad he is OK. When I saw him first go down, it scared me a little bit. That's the most important thing, it's not about the game, it's about the kid, but we've gotten really good reports."

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

Sedin scored twice in the first period, his 15th and 16th goals of the season.

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