Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler carted off after his face smashes onto the ice

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler had to be carted off the ice on Monday night after a freak injury in Philadelphia.

Edler's stick got caught in the skate of Flyers forward Jakub Voracek during the third period, causing the defenseman to spin around, lose his balance and smash his face onto the ice.

Edler slid behind the net and a Flyers player immediately began calling for medical help. The Canucks trainer and the Flyers trainer and team doctor came out to assist. They called for a stretcher.

Eventually, Edler was able to get up on his knees and into the stretcher. He was sitting up as he left, holding a towel to his nose.

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