Edmonton Oilers star forward Leon Draisaitl injured on the bench
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The reason why Leon Draisaitl left game 1 has been revealed

Published May 9, 2024 at 3:45 PM

The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks played a thriller in game one, but it was an injury to Leon Draisaitl that stole the headlines on Wednesday. The reason why has been unveiled.

The Oilers and Canucks delivered an electrifying playoff opener, with the Canucks staging a remarkable comeback from a 4-1 deficit to snatch a 5-4 victory and a 1-0 series lead. However, the game's excitement was overshadowed by an injury scare involving Oilers' star forward Leon Draisaitl during the second period.

Draisaitl appeared to be in considerable discomfort during his final shift of the game before heading back to the locker room. His abrupt departure raised concerns among fans and analysts alike.

"This was his last shift — lasted 10 seconds — with 8 mins to go in the period"

"Leon Draisaitl has left the Oilers bench and has yet to return."

According to updates from Head Coach Kris Knoblauch, Draisaitl's injury was diagnosed as a cramping issue and is not considered a long-term concern. While Draisaitl was unavailable for postgame interviews as he received treatment from the training staff, Knoblauch's reassurance provided some relief to Oilers' supporters.

Kris Knoblauch called Leon Draisaitl's injury a cramping issue and added it isn't a long-term concern. Draisaitl was requested postgame but wasn't made available because he was getting worked on by the training staff.

Although Draisaitl's availability for Game Two remains uncertain, the Oilers will likely monitor his condition closely. With the series tied at 1-1, his return could be pivotal for Edmonton as they aim to bounce back and secure a crucial victory.

As the series progresses, Draisaitl's injury status will undoubtedly remain a focal point, potentially influencing the outcome of future matchups.

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