The Arizona Coyotes lost their leading scorer Saturday as defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson left their 6-4 home loss to the St. Louis Blues in the first period with a lower-body injury.
Ekman-Larsson, who tops the Coyotes with a career-high 45 points, got hurt on his first shift in the opening minute of the game as he committed a tripping penalty. He took one more shift to finish with a total of 34 seconds of ice time before exiting for good.
The 24-year-old Ekman-Larsson has recorded 17 goals and 28 assists in 58 contests while posting a minus-12 rating. All but six of his tallies have come on the power play and seven have been game-winners.
Selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft, Ekman-Larsson made his debut in 2010-11, registering one goal and 10 assists in 48 games. He has reached double digits in tallies in four of the last five seasons, netting a personal-best 23 last campaign.
Ekman-Larsson has collected 72 goals and 127 assists in 397 regular-season games, needing one point to reach 200 for his career. He also notched one tally and four points in 16 playoff contests in 2011-12.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Karlskrona, Sweden has represented his country in a number of international tournaments, winning the bronze medal at both the IIHF World Junior Championship and World Championship in 2010. He also captured silver on two occasions – the 2011 World Championship and the 2014 Winter Olympics.