Updates from Monday, April 14
Daniel Sedin spoke about last night's injury (via Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun and Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province):
Daniel Sedin is at the podium. "I was scared because I felt something wasn't right. I couldn't lift my head off the ice. It feels ok today."— Elliott Pap (@ElliottPap) April 14, 2014
Daniel Sedin: "The only thing I thought about was laying still. I moved my hands and that felt good. Everything should be fine. #canucks— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) April 14, 2014
Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun had more on Paul Byron after the hit:
What a terrible way to end the season for the Vancouver Canucks. It's not bad enough that they've been treading water for most of the year. Then, in the regular-season finale, Daniel Sedin is carried off the ice on a stretcher.
The left winger was slammed against the boards by Calgary Flames center Paul Byron. After spending a period time laying motionless on the ice, the stretcher was called.
Byron was given a game misconduct and removed from the game, per Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun:
Scary stuff here in Vancouver ... Stretcher is coming out for Canucks LW Daniel Sedin. #Flames LW Paul Byron being tossed.— Wes Gilbertson (@SUNGilbertson) April 14, 2014
John Shannon reported that Sedin was taken to a hospital, but he had movement in his extremities, which is a great sign:
Daniel Sedin taken to hospital, is moving his extremities.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 14, 2014
Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province provided an update after Sedin reached the hospital:
His brother Henrik briefly spoke with Daniel according to the team's official Twitter account:
“I saw Daniel in the medical room. He was able to speak. He seemed to be positive.” - Henrik— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) April 14, 2014
Dan Murphy of Sportsnet later confirmed that Sedin would not be spending the night in the hospital:
#canucks Daniel Sedin has been released from hospital.— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) April 14, 2014
It's no doubt a scary scene to see a player in any sport placed on a backboard and carried off on a stretcher. With Sedin, though, it appears the medical personnel acted more proactive than reactive.
The timing of the injury, in a way, couldn't be any better. Sedin won't have any pressure to return to the ice, so he'll be able to rehab for as long as he needs to in order to get back to 100 percent.