Health Scare Knocks Canucks' Brock Boeser Out of Game 7 Monday

This certainly puts a damper on the exciting Game 7 matchup Monday night between the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers. Canucks' leading playoff goal scorer Brock Boeser will be forced to miss the game due to a blood clotting issue.

The good news is that the problem is not career- or life-threatening, according to insider Elliotte Friedman. The hockey part is secondary, of course, to his long-term health. 

Boeser has 12 points on seven goals and five assists in 12 playoff games. His seven times lighting the lamp have him in a tie for 4th in NHL playoff goal scoring, behind only Zach Hyman (10), Valeri Nichushkin (9) and Leon Draisaitl (8). He also had a career year in the regular season, notching 40 goals with 33 assists for 73 points to go with a +23 rating in 18:30 of ice time per game.

This development takes an extremely important player out of the Canucks' lineup for the franchise's biggest game since a Game 7 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights also in the Conference Semi-Finals in 2020. 

Boeser's return timeline is unknown at this time. 

The news is certainly devastating for both the 27-year-old forward as well as the Canucks. But again, his health is ultimately the most important thing, and the early reports on that front are promising.

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