Oilers rookie shatters leg in win
Team loses 3 defenders on the night
Anton Lander scored in the second round of the shootout and Devan Dubnyk made three shootout saves as the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 pre-season victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
The result came after the Oilers saw three defenders leave to injury.
Oilers react on Twitter
ryanwhitney6 Ryan Whitney
Everyone in our room thinking about Taylor Fedun right now after a very scary injury touching up an icing. GET RID OF THAT RULE.
hallsy04 Taylor Hall
Hoping for the best with Fedun. Need to get rid of touch icings. If not this kind of thing will keep happening.
Rookie defenceman Taylor Fedun was taken off the ice on a stretcher early in the second period.
Fedun and Minnesota's Eric Nystrom were chasing after a puck near the end boards. Nystrom reached around Fedun with his stick in an attempt to touch the puck and avoid an icing call.
Video replays showed Fedun's skate getting tangled up with a stick. He crashed hard into the end boards and play was immediately stopped.
Fedun, an Edmonton native, signed with the Oilers last spring after completing a collegiate career at Princeton.
The club said Fedun suffered "a complex fracture of the right femur."
"If you're going to give majors and whatnot to guys who carry their sticks high and don't control their sticks at head level, on an icing play like that, when you have your stick in someone's feet, regardless of whether you're going for the puck or not, that's a very, very dangerous play," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "The young fella probably lost his season because of it and who knows beyond that."
"I'm sure it's something that [NHL disciplinarian Brendan] Shanahan is going to address the situation and figure out if they're not going to get rid of the rule with no-touch icing, they've got to do something about the guys coming in there recklessly," Edmonton forward Darcy Hordichuk added.
Theo Peckham immediately went at Nystrom after the incident, but pulled back after hearing Fedun screaming in pain.
"As soon as you hear that, you try to get out of the way and let the paramedics do their job," Peckham said.
He also questioned why the NHL doesn't adopt no-touch icing.
"You maybe get a scoring chance one out of every 15 games because of it," Peckham said. "How many more guys are going to have to go down with ankles and legs before the league decides to do something about it."
Renney would not discuss the NHL's icing rules.
Nystrom, given a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct, was still upset after the game.
"I feel awful," Nystrom said. "He was really hurt and I had obviously no intention of ever, ever doing anything like that. I was just racing for an icing and that's one of those freak things that happens in those situations and it's why people always say that rule [should be changed]. If I didn't think I had a legit chance at the puck I would have never raced in there but I just thought I had a good jump and I could maybe get in there. … I feel terrible. So bad right now."
Minnesota coach Mike Yeo acknowledged that Nystrom could be suspended.
"I do know that Ny was 100 per cent not trying to do anything dirty there," Yeo said. "We looked at the replay a lot of times and he's really trying to reach in. The puck is there and he's trying to make a reach at the puck. It's a really unfortunate situation. You definitely don't want to see anybody get hurt. I know probably nobody feels worse than Ny right now. He's not that kind of guy but we'll wait to see what happens there."
The Oilers were forced to play forwards at defence in the second half of the game.
Edmonton defenceman Taylor Chorney suffered an undisclosed injury in the first, seeing just over two minutes of ice time on the night.
Veteran blue-liner Ladislav Smid, meanwhile, saw his night cut short due to a reported shoulder injury.
Lander also had a goal and an assist in regulation as the Oilers rallied from two goals down with less than 10 minutes to play. Ryan Jones and Linus Omark also scored for Edmonton (5-2). Dubnyk made 22 saves for Edmonton, which will complete its post-season Saturday night by hosting Vancouver.
Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Devin Setoguchi scored for Minnesota (3-4), while Niklas Backstrom stopped 34 shots in the Wild's pre-season finale.
Omark and Jones scored 27 seconds apart late in the third period to tie the game and force overtime.
With files from CBCSports.ca