The whole hockey world can breathe a sigh of relief tonight.
Concerns over Connor McDavid potentially suffering a career-altering injury were somewhat soothed when the Edmonton Oilers announced shortly after their win over the Calgary Flames that their captain avoided a fracture to his left leg after crashing into the post in the second period of Saturday’s season finale.
Travelling at such a high speed and taking the impact directly through the front of his left shin just below the knee, there could still be some structural damage or a significant injury to the lower limb, but the x-rays returning negative is certainly a positive sign. There were fears, given the similarities of the collisions, that McDavid suffered a break similar to the one that set Steven Stamkos back in his career five years ago.
The plan, according to the Oilers, is to have McDavid travel back to Edmonton with the club and have an MRI performed on Monday.
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McDavid was eventually helped up by the training staff and led off the ice without bearing weight on his left leg. He was reportedly in significant pain while he was being looked at by the training staff, and the decision was made to transport him to hospital and have the initial tests performed.
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