What you need to know about the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury for the Oilers’ playoff run
A ruptured ACL in the Oilers season opener against the Flames is the latest to leave an unfortunate mark on an otherwise bright, promising season.
The injury occurred during the first period, when winger Zach Hyman was taken down by Flames defenseman Alexei Ponikarovsky.
Hyman was then taken off the ice by trainers, and his teammates, including forwards Jordan Eberle and Jake Virtanen, immediately called for help.
But Hyman’s injuries were not the first to hit the Oilers this season, and the Oilers have not won since Oct. 1.
After being taken off ice for more than 20 minutes, Hyman did not return to the game.
But the Oilers did manage to get their injured forward back in the lineup.
He scored the game-winning goal at 8:49 of the third period to give Edmonton a 3-2 lead.
The Oilers had a chance to win the game on a power play, but defenseman Sami Salo was called for a faceoff and was stopped short of the net.
The Flames responded with their own goal, but it was blocked by Oilers goaltender Jyrki Jokipakka.
The Flames had their goalie stop all three shots on goal to make the save.
The score remained tied at 3-3 until defenseman Zach Hymen was injured.
Hyman went down, and it was unclear if the Oilers were going to be able to get him out of the game or not.
When Hyman returned to the ice, he was immediately placed on a stretcher and taken off to a hospital for evaluation.
The injuries occurred as the Oilers started their playoff push.
The team lost six of their first eight games, but were still in the playoff picture.
The season opener was the second game in four days for the team, which is expected to play in a playoff game on Friday against the New York Islanders.
The injured Oilers will return to action on Friday, when they face the Anaheim Ducks at 8 p.m. ET.