Ryan Kesler hurt in knee-on-knee collision
Canucks forward leaves game late in 2nd period
Ryan Kesler didn't end up getting moved at last week's trade deadline, but he had to leave his Vancouver Canucks teammates early in Wednesday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.
The Canucks forward was involved in a knee-on-knee collision with Jets forward Jim Slater late in the second period. Both players were reaching for a loose puck as Kesler had his head down and Slater caught him with his right knee.
Kesler appeared to be in pain as he skated cautiously off the ice and hobbled to the dressing room. Slater was given a tripping penalty on the play. Kesler did not return for the third period as the Canucks went on to win 3-2 in the shootout.
After the game, Canucks head coach John Tortorella said Kesler will return to Vancouver for tests while the team continues its road trip.
Slater said he didn't intentionally try to hurt Kesler and explained that he didn't stick his knee out in Kesler's path.
"I thought I actually took the worst of it," Slater said.
Watch the video above for more. What do you think of the collision?
With files from The Canadian Press