Flames' Defenceman To Have Surgery After Playing With 3 Significant Injuries

Chris Tanev battled to return to the Battle of Alberta and try to help his team's chances in getting back in the series. It wasn't enough as the Edmonton Oilers took the series in five games in Calgary while Tanev played Games 4 and 5.

The Oilers had played physical all series long and it only intensified when they saw Tanev had or was going to play the puck. It's a part of the game and perfectly legal to finish your checks. They were just making sure to do so as a healthy Tanev who is on top of his game is tough to play against.

Rick Dhaliwal reported that Tanev played with a torn labrum, separated shoulder, and a sprained neck. He will have surgery next week now that the Flames have entered the offseason. Playing through injuries like that just shows the kind of warrior he is and what hockey players go through to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Flames will need to have Tanev back at full health and ready to go for next season as they try to repeat their regular season success and push further into the playoffs. He had missed just one game over the past three seasons before these playoffs and is a key part of the defence in Calgary.

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