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Video: Staal in agony after Edler knee at Worlds

May 16, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

Ugly scene late in the first period of the Canada-Sweden quarterfinal at the World Hockey Championships — Sweden/Canucks defenseman Alex Edler went knee-on-knee with Canada/Hurricanes captain Eric Staal:

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Edler was given a five-minute kneeing major and game misconduct for the hit.

As shown on the video, Staal was visibly in pain and had to be helped off the ice.

Some reactions, via Twitter:

Unsurprisingly, Staal did not return to the game for the second period.

Carolina GM Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News & Observer that Staal has been taken for an MRI.

  1. kicksave1980 - May 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Alex Edler is dirty? Shocking news.

    He should’ve been jumped by all 4 Canadians on the ice immediately after that knee.

    • dirt2013 - May 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Another time,another game there is no doubt he will receive payback.At the very least there are 4 Staal brothers who are not happy with the play.

      • ikillchicken - May 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        People can debate whether or not the onus is on Edler to avoid that hit regardless but as a simple matter of fact (See below. Pictures don’t lie) he did not extent his leg in the slightest. Stall turns at the last second and as a result his leg is left sticking out in Edler’s path. In fact, it looks like Edler tries to tuck his knee in to avoid contact. Is this still a bad play? Maybe. But its more of a reckless one at worst than a maliciously dirty one.

      • stigjohan - May 17, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        Payback for what? This was payback for this..

        In Sweden we stick up for eachother, even if it takes several years.

    • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Great response, classy even.

      Edler isn’t really a dirty player, and I disagree with Crow that he outstretches his leg in the hit (seems to tuck it in more actually) but definitely wasn’t anywhere near contact through the middle of the upper body. Bad hit by him for sure.

      • imleftcoast - May 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        I’m an Edler fan, but there’s no excuse for that non-hockey play. That’s intent to injure.

      • kicksave1980 - May 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Really? Calling out someone else for lack of class. You know what’s classy? Taking multiple strides towards someone and instead of hitting them, sticking your knee out. That’s the definition of class. If he wasn’t going for the knee there, what was he doing? Does Edler, a professional athlete, have such little control over his body that he “accidentally” got his knee in there?

        And hoping for retaliation? Absolutely. That would have started a line-brawl 15 years ago. That’s a dangerous play. There’s no way to know what Edler was thinking there, but it looked intentional. I never said they should go out and hurt Edler in response, but he should have eaten a couple of punches. You see a teammate take a knee like that, you should have some sort of response.

      • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Multiple strides? Sticking your knee out? I’ll agree the knee was forward and that it’s a really bad hit (I even said that in my post) but to say someone should be jumped and presumably injured in kind really is a lack of class.

        As far as Edler being dirty, what are you basing that on? His ‘hit’ on Smith earlier this year? Meh, you’ll have to do better than that for a guy who’s played 7 seasons in the NHL.

      • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        Just for the pic, I’ll add this article in for people to check out.

        Again, it’s a bad hit I’m not defending that, but he coasts the last part at least and his knee is in line with his body. It can still be a knee by him missing contact with the upper body (which he does) and his intentions might not have been good (as you say we don’t know what he was thinking) but no need to sell it like he was charging towards him at a sprint and then drove his knee outwards when he was going to miss him otherwise.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        There aren’t many dirtier plays than what he just did.

  2. jhuck92 - May 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    A Canuck making another dirty play? Not surprised.

  3. bcisleman - May 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    One Cane fan already talking about payback.

  4. thewaytonever - May 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    kevin bieska might accuse Staal of diving.

  5. rpiotr01 - May 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Man, not a good year for the Staal brothers.

  6. tfaltin - May 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Never want to see that. I’ve always thought Eric plays the game the right way and is an underrated start in the league. Just hope he’s good to go next fall.

  7. 19to77 - May 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Wow. Straight-line attack by Edler. He knew what he was going for the whole way in. Didn’t even try to go body-on-body. Just slammed straight into his leg.

  8. bronxsanman - May 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Get well soon.

  9. blackhawksdynasty - May 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I’m sorry, but Edler made ZERO attempt to avoid the knee. He didn’t lean in for the body at all. This was just a nasty play that has no place in hockey. People need to put their team loyalties aside and open their eyes. Dirty play. Period.

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - May 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    That’s one nasty shot. Edler knew exactly what he was doing…definite cheapshot in my book.

  11. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Edler never tried to avoid the knee on knee and never intended to lay the body on Staal. That’s one dirty piece of ….. I hope there is huge retribution for this completely intentional hit. May the hockey Gods even up the score.

  12. lvshark22 - May 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    And yet another Canuck with a cheap hit

  13. spavs412 - May 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Hope he is ok and no surgery needed. Gosh, can this family catch a little break aye

  14. ajrod42 - May 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Total Canuck move right there. Also, in typical Canuck fashion, he slams his stick down and pouts as if he is the victim of a bad call or something. The very best I could do in giving him any benefit of the doubt, is to say that he might have been trying to put his knee into Staal’s thigh but Staal moved his leg to skate to his left and it resulted in a knee-on-knee hit. Even if that was the case, it’s still a chicken sh** play and a dirty one at that. Like I said, total Canuck move.

    • 19to77 - May 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Right. Because Torres just stopped headshotting people the nanosecond he took off his Canucks jersey. Grow a brain, toolbox. Team affiliation has nothing to do with whether or not you play dirty.

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