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Brad Richardson leaves game on stretcher

Coyotes forward injured in second period against Canucks

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Arizona Coyotes forward Brad Richardson was taken from the ice on a stretcher in the second period of their 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

He was transported by ambulance to the hospital for further evaluation of a lower-body injury from a hit by Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin with 8:37 left.

Video: ARI@VAN: Richardson leaves game early with injury

Coach Dave Tippett did not have an update after the game.

"He is a real heart-and-soul player, and we'll see where things are at tomorrow and we'll adjust accordingly," Tippett said. "He was at the hospital. I don't want to say. I don't have any clear information yet. When we get that, we'll probably update everything tomorrow."

Richardson was on the ice for several minutes before he was taken off by medical personnel, who were tending to his right leg.

"It was tough watching [Richardson] go down," Arizona rookie defenseman Anthony DeAngelo said. "I watched the replay, and it was pretty ugly and he was in a lot of pain. Just hoping for the best and trying to keep him in our thoughts and prayers tonight."

Richardson gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal 1:22 into the period. The 31-year-old has played 607 NHL games, including 118 with the Canucks from 2013-15.

Tryamkin, who is 6-foot-7, 265 pounds, was not called for a penalty.

"I don't think there was any maliciousness," Arizona captain Shane Doan said. "Was it an interference penalty? Probably, but I don't think it was anything more. He kind of folded over Brad, and Brad's ankle or leg got under him." 

Video: ARI@VAN: Richardson roofs snap shot to open scoring

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