The Vancouver Canucks didn’t just lose a hockey game last night; they lost yet another top defenseman to injury.
Mum’s the word on Canuck defenceman Mattias Ohlund, who did not play the third period of Friday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Canucks were not divulging the nature of Ohlund’s injury, except to say it is an “upper-body” ailment.
“He’s got an upper-body injury and is going to be re-evaluated when we get home and we’ll let everybody know on Sunday,” said tight-lipped Canuck coach Alain Vigneault.
Ohlund wasn’t saying much more when he emerged from the medical room after the game.
“I just got hurt on a play and we’ll see how it is tomorrow,” Ohlund said. “I just got hit and didn’t feel comfortable enough to finish playing and hopefully it’s not too bad.”
The Canuck training staff appeared to looking at Ohlund’s right hand, but it’s not known if that is what forced him from the game.
If Ohlund misses any games, that’s almost 1/3 of the Canucks’ regular lineup out with injuries, including their top two goaltenders, two of their top three defensemen, and two key PK guys. It’s beginning to feel like 2007/2008 all over again.