May 16, 2013
Eric Staal hurt in Team Canada loss
Swedish defenceman Alex Edler ejected after play
By QMI Agency

Canada's Eric Staal lies injured on the ice during his team's 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship quarterfinal game against Sweden at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, May 16, 2013. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP)
Team Canada lost its captain at the world hockey championship on Thursday before going home empty-handed for the third consecutive year.

Eric Staal was on the receiving end of a knee-on-knee hit courtesy of Swedish defenceman Alex Edler in the first period of Thursday's game in Sweden, one that saw Team Canada bounced from the competition 3-2 in a shootout.

Staal, who captains the Carolina Hurricanes, immediately fell to the ice, writhing and screaming in pain. He was helped to the dressing room, unable to put any weight on his right leg.

Edler, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, was given a major penalty and game misconduct for the play 15:52 into the first period.

Steven Stamkos opened the scoring for Canada early in the second on the ensuing five-minute power play, tipping in a point shot from Stephane Robidas.

Sweden responded in the third with two power-play goals from Nicklas Danielsson before Claude Giroux tied it up half-way through the period.

After a scoreless overtime, Fredrik Pettersson wound up and blasted the winner on Sweden's fourth shootout attempt on Canadian goaltender Mike Smith.







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