Canucks' Alex Burrows leaves practice in ambulance, out for Game 4
Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows was rushed to a local hospital after suffering an upper body injury at practice Tuesday. The team tweeted that he will not be available for Game 4 against Calgary.
According to Sportsnet's Mark Spector, who was at the team's game-day skate in Calgary, Burrows left the ice and called for help as he made his way to the dressing room. Spector later reported that a stretcher and emergency medical personnel were summoned to Vancouver’s room, and that the veteran was conscious as he was wheeled out to a waiting ambulance.
Team officials initially planned to address the media, but later backtracked. They later released a statement saying the trip to the hospital was "precautionary" and not the result of "medical issues."
The Canucks tweeted later Tuesday night that Burrows is still in the hospital, but "is expected to be released tonight."
There were concerns before today that a wrist injury might prevent Burrows from playing in Game 4. Speculation from the scene suggests this incident is not related to his wrist, but he will definitely be sidelined for the game.
Sven Baertschi, who was recalled from the AHL on Monday, is expected to replace Burrows in the lineup.
We'll have more as the story develops.