Supporters of the Carolina Hurricanes can exhale in relief. TSN's Aaron Ward reports forward Eric Staal doesn't appear to be in too bad shape following a nasty knee-on-knee hit from Swedish defenseman Alexander Edler at the IIHF World Championship. "Initial diagnosis by Carolina Hurricanes Medical Staff of Eric Staal is that No surgery is required for Eric Staal... in their view, great news ..." Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: "Staal has third-degree MCL sprain. No surgery needed ..." Post-collision, Staal writhed in obvious pain on the ice before leaving the game for Team Canada. The Hurricanes' captain -- also sporting the "C" for the Canadians -- was later spotted with crutches and a brace on his right knee. Initially assessed a major penalty and game misconduct, Edler was subsequently suspended two games (read: rest of the tournament) for his "reckless" and "dangerous" action. Canada ended up losing the quarter-final game to Sweden 3-2 in a shootout.