Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler has a concussion and is likely to soon be out at least a week after a scary fall Monday night in .

Coach Travis Green says Edler needed stitches but failed to have some facial cracks after visiting the ice hockey head-first during a 2 1 loss and also being wheeled off on a stretcher. Green said which Edler was published from the hospital and coming back to Vancouver.

Edler’s skate got caught inside the stick of ’s Jakub Voracek, causing the 32-year-old Swede to lose his balance and creep into the ice midway through the initial period.

Rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko had been hurt in warm ups Monday, forcing Jacob Markstrom to produce back-to-back starts. Green said Demko was having an MRI of his knees on one.

The Canucks recalled defenseman Guillaume Brisebois and junior goalie Mike DiPietro before facing the Capitals. Green figures DiPietro is going to soon be through its match at Chicago on Thursday with the team.


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