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Darnell Nurse reveals injury that limited his abilities throughout the playoffs


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Matt Garland
June 7, 2022  (11:12)
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Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse didn't seem like himself for a better part of the playoffs. Last season Nurse average over 30 minutes a night in the playoffs, while only seeing about 20 minutes a night this year. After last night's game Nurse confirmed that he played the entire Stanley Cup playoffs with a torn hip flexor. Nurse said that he suffered the injury in the final week of the regular season.

Our medical staff taped it up, gave me some anti-inflammatories and away you go. There's no excuse when you get to this point in the season. You want to be on your game and play at a certain level. There's no excuse. Everyone's banged up this time of year. And myself personally, I wanted to be better in this series. It's just added motivation for summer to come back and be a difference-maker next year.

When watching the Edmonton Oilers during the playoffs you could tell defenseman Darnell Nurse was laboring at times.
Nurse didn't miss a game due to the injury, instead serving a one-game suspension for headbutting Los Angeles Kings forward Philip Danault in the first round. Nurse only played about 21 minutes a night while coach Jay Woodcroft worked to manage Nurse's injury.
Nurse played 20:18 in Game 4, the most of any Oilers defenseman.
The Oilers were swept by the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 on Monday, with the Avs advancing to the Stanley Cup final.
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