Calgary Flames defenceman @Oliver Kylington was forced to leave Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Wild after taking a scary-looking fall into the boards at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The 24-year-old Swede appeared to lose his balance during a tussle with Wild forward @Ryan Hartman during the third period and ended crashing headfirst into the boards behind @Jacob Markstrom’s net. The video of the play can be found here — viewer discretion is advised.
Kylington lay motionless on the ice for a scary few moments before being helped off the ice on his own skates. He did not return for the final 8:42 of regulation time, although Flames head coach Darryl Sutter mentioned in his post-game press conference that Kylington was “fine.”
In a welcome development, Kylington took to the ice on Monday as a full participant in the Flames’ practice.
“I think I was pretty lucky,” Kylington told reporters in his post-practice availability. “It could’ve ended up badly. I’m just happy that it didn’t.”
Kylington added that he hopes to return to the Flames’ lineup “very soon.” The 6′, 183-lb. left-handed defender has six goals and 24 points in 50 games this season.
The Flames will return to action against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. MT.
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