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Tanev injured in Game 4 after blocking shot

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Dallas Stars defenseman Chris Tanev left Wednesday's Game 4 loss against the Edmonton Oilers after blocking a shot in the second period and didn't return.

The Stars labeled Tanev questionable to return due to a lower-body injury after he failed to emerge from the dressing room for the final frame.

Head coach Pete DeBoer said he hopes Tanev will be available for Game 5 on Friday, per's Mike Zeisberger.

Tanev has been an essential piece of Dallas' success since being acquired from the Calgary Flames prior to the trade deadline. Entering Game 4, Tanev averaged 23:26 of ice time in 16 playoff contests this spring and ranked second among all players with 65 blocks.

The Western Conference Final is tied 2-2 after Edmonton's 5-2 victory Wednesday.

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