Jaccob Slavin injured in Game 4.

Florida's Sunrise After a heavy hit from Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin departed Wednesday's Eastern Conference finals 4-3 Game 4 loss early in the first period.

Slavin was playing the puck behind his own net when Bennett put a heavy check on the Hurricanes' top blueliner

who fell and struck his head on the boards. Slavin tried to stand. He was taken to the Carolina locker room by a trainer.

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Bennett wasn't penalized for the hit. However, Slavin's teammates' cutting and cross-checking put Florida on a power play.

Slavin left with Carolina behind 1-0 after Anthony Duclair scored 41 seconds into the first period. Wednesday's loss ended the Hurricanes' season as Florida swept the best-of-seven series.

In 14 postseason games, Slavin has two goals and six points. He averages 24 minutes in the playoffs.

No update was given on Hurricanes player Stefan Noesen, who left the bench in the first period.

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