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Canucks' Alex Edler carted off after face-first fall

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler was carted off the ice Monday night after his face was bloodied when he fell face-first onto the ice.

Edler crashed to the ice midway through the third period of a 2-1 defeat. The injury occurred when Edler's skate got caught in the stick of Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek, causing Edler to lose his balance and slam into the ice.

Players from both teams hastily waved for the training staff as Edler lay motionless at the side of the Canucks net. With a bloodied face and dazed look, a conscious Edler was wheeled off on a stretcher while sitting upright after a delay of several minutes.

Canucks coach Travis Green said after the game that Edler had gone for X-rays.