The Vancouver Canucks lost their captain Saturday as Henrik Sedin left their 4-2 road victory over the San Jose Sharks in the first period with an upper-body injury.
Sedin sustained a hit along the boards from San Jose defenseman Brent Burns less than five minutes into the contest, appearing to take a forearm to the chest. He took four more shifts after the incident but sat out the final 6 1/2 minutes of the session and did not return to the bench after the first intermission.
The 35-year-old Swede recorded one shot and won two of his five faceoffs in 3 minutes, 36 seconds of ice time on seven shifts.
Sedin is second on the team in scoring with 48 points, trailing only twin brother Daniel (55). He is tied with Radim Vrbata for second in power-play goals with five – half of his entire season total – but has tallied just once in his last 29 games.
Selected with the third overall pick of the 1999 draft, Sedin made his NHL debut in 2000-01, recording nine goals and 20 assists in 82 games. That season began an impressive trend for the center, who appeared in every contest 11 times during his first 14 campaigns.
Sedin, who also has collected 221 goals, is the franchise leader in both assists (742) and points (963). He had the best offensive season of his career in 2009-10, when he registered 29 goals, 83 assists and 112 points – all personal bests.
A native of Ornskoldsvik, Sedin has recorded 23 goals and 55 assists in 105 career playoff games. The 6-foot-2, 188-pounder has represented his country at numerous international tournaments, winning the bronze medal at the 1999 and 2001 IIHF World Championships, gold at the 2013 event and another gold at the 2006 Winter Olympics.