Eric Staal has third-degree MCL sprain after Alex Edler hit

Canada's Eric Staal lies injured on the ice during his team's 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World...

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)

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, Last Updated: 3:25 PM ET

Eric Staal will be out of action for three months but won’t require surgery after a brutal knee-on-knee hit courtesy of Alex Edler.

An MRI on Saturday showed the Team Canada captain suffered a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. The injury occurred during Thursday’s 3-2 shootout quarterfinal loss to Sweden at the world hockey championship in Stockholm.

Recovery time for the injury is three months, meaning Staal is expected to be healthy in time for Carolina Hurricanes training camp.

The IIHF suspended Edler, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, for the remainder of the tournament as a result of the play.

Sweden advanced to Sunday’s gold medal game with a 3-0 win against Finland on Saturday. They will face Switzerland, who defeated the U.S. 3-0, also Saturday.

The match guarantees the Swiss team its first medal at a major international tournament since winning bronze at the world championship in 1953.




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