Team Canada suffered another disappointing defeat in the quarterfinals of the 2013 World Championships. They lost in a shootout 3-2 to Sweden after Jordan Eberle failed to score his second shootout attempt.
If this hard loss wasn’t enough, Eric Staal went down with a serious lower body injury late in the first period. Staal was attempting a pass by the faceoff circle in the offensive zone when Alexander Edler collided knee-on-knee right into him. Staal went down immediately in obvious pain and had to be helped off by his teammates. Instead of contacting the body, Edler stretched his leg out to create an extremely dangerous play. Edler was given a major and sent out of the game. He will likely also be suspended at least a few games due to the severity of the injury.
Staal was an incredible leader for the Carolina Hurricanes this season, leading the team in points with 53. He was given the honor of joining Team Canada and becoming the team’s captain. Hurricanes fans should be worried about the lasting effects of the injury. We have seen before how these collisions can lead to players being kept out for months.
Jay Harrison, Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner also played for Team Canada. Skinner recorded 2 goals and 2 assists and was a plus-4 in seven games in the tournament. Both of Skinner’s goals were game winners, and he had a solid overall tournament. The Staal brothers each had three points, and Harrison managed to grab an assist in the tournament.