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Edler has concussion, expected to be out at least one week for Canucks

Defenseman injured on face-first fall onto ice in third period against Flyers

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

Edler exits after awkward fall

VAN@PHI: Edler leaves game after awkward fall

Alexander Edler is forced to leave the game after awkwardly falling to the ice midway through the 3rd period

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PHILADELPHIA -- Alexander Edler is expected to be out at least one week with a concussion sustained when the Vancouver Canucks defenseman went face-first onto the ice in the third period of a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday.

X-rays showed no facial fractures, but Edler did receive stitches for cuts to his face. He returned to Vancouver on Tuesday.

"Obviously a scary incident," Canucks coach Travis Green said. "Medical staff did I thought a great job getting out there as quick as they did. And we're thankful he's going to be all right."

Vancouver plays at the Washington Capitals on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, NBCSWA, NHL.TV).

Edler was defending in the Canucks zone when it appeared his stick got caught in Flyers forward Jakub Voracek's skates, pulling Edler to the ice. He left the game with 10:22 remaining.

He has 20 points (five goals, 15 points) in 38 games, and leads the Canucks in average ice time at 23:24 game. The 32-year-old had four shots on goal in 19:34 against the Flyers.

"He's a big part of our team," Green said. "That's the way it is. Teams face injuries a lot. He's obviously one of our best players on our team. He's a good player."

Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko also returned to Vancouver to have an MRI performed on his knee. He was injured during warmups Monday. 

Forward Sven Baertschi was sent back to Vancouver after not feeling well following the Canucks 5-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday. He remained in Colorado after not feeling well Sunday and was not expected to join the Canucks during their road trip, which ends against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday. Green said Baertschi was scheduled to see a doctor Tuesday and had been placed on injured reserve.

"It's going to be a week regardless," Green said. "He hasn't skated, not going to practice with us."

The Canucks recalled defenseman Guillaume Brisebois from Utica of the American Hockey League, and goalie Michael DiPietro under emergency conditions from Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League. Green said Brisebois will skate in warmups. DiPietro will be the backup to Jacob Markstrom, who made 28 saves against the Flyers on Monday.

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