It has been that kind of season for the Vancouver Canucks. Even when things go right, they go wrong. Daniel Sedin scored two goals for the first time in more than a year Sunday night, but then was carted off the ice on a stretcher after a hit from behind late in the second period of Vancouver’s season-ending 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames. And his injury only served to inflame the bad blood between Vancouver coach John Tortorella and his Calgary counterpart Bob Hartley. Daniel lay motionless flat on his back after being pushed from behind by Calgary centre Paul Byron and slamming his head into the glass. Canuck trainer Mike Burnstein rushed onto the ice and immediately motioned for doctors and a stretcher was brought onto the ice. Several moments later, Daniel was placed onto the stretcher. Henrik Sedin left the Vancouver bench to be with his brother, but returned to play in the third period. Daniel was taken to hospital and the Canucks reported he was in stable condition and undergoing “further evaluation and imaging.” The team also said he was moving his extremities. Sportsnet‘s Dan Murphy reported late Sunday night that Daniel had been released from hospital. Henrik Sedin said he knew his brother was seriously hurt when he didn’t get up right away. “He not a guy who stays down or acts hurt,” Henrik said after the game. “If he’s down something’s wrong.” Henrik talked to Daniel in the medical room at Rogers Arena before he was transported to Vancouver Hospital and said he “seemed to be in a good mood.” Tortorella, who was suspended after he tried to storm the Calgary dressing room to get at Hartley following the first period of a Jan. 18 game at Rogers Arena, lobbed some verbal shots at Hartley after Sunday night’s game. “It’s embarrassing to coach against the guy across from me tonight,” Tortorella said. “Some of the things that went on when Danny’s hurt, it’s embarrassing. I probably have no right to say anything because of the year that I have had. But that stuff pisses me off.
Canucks down Flames 5-1 but lose Daniel Sedin
Vancouver Sun | Apr 14