Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival left Thursday night's Game 4 of the second-round Western Conference playoff series against the Minnesota Wild after sustaining a gruesome lower-leg injury.
With just under 14 minutes remaining in the second period and the Blackhawks leading 2–0 in Minnesota, Rozsival was skating back on defense. He appeared to lose his balance and as he fell backward, his left ankle buckled underneath him.
Rozsival was later helped off the ice by two teammates and a Blackhawks trainer without putting any pressure on his left leg. The Wild scored moments later on a shot by Erik Haula.
The Blackhawks later announced Rozsival would not return to the game due to a "lower body" injury.
Rozsival, 36, has averaged 18:34 of ice time during his nine games this postseason. The Blackhawks entered Thursday's game up 3–0 in the series.
- Mike Fiammetta