Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin is a tough son of a gun, so it takes a lot for him to show pain, let alone sit out an elimination game in the playoffs.

Thus, it was pretty obvious that Brodin suffered a serious injury against the Vegas Golden Knights last week. He got crunched into the boards courtesy of Golden Knights center Nicolas Roy early in Game 7 and and immediately left the ice, never to be seen again.

After his exit interview on Tuesday morning, Brodin revealed that he suffered a sprained shoulder.

“It hurt pretty good,” Brodin said. “But I thought it was worse than it was. It’s going to get better. Just a couple weeks and then I can start training. It’s not going to affect me in any way next season coming up.”

That’s good news for the Wild considering it initially looked like an injury that could surgery this offseason.

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It’s hard not to wonder if Game 7, a 6-2 Wild loss, would have played out different if the Wild were completely healthy. That’s a hypothetical Brodin has replayed in his mind countless times this week.

“It’s so much fun to play Game 7s, and then that happened,” Brodin said. “It was not fun. Especially to leave the guys out there to play with five defensemen for the rest of the game. It was really disappointing.”

Between periods, fellow defenseman Matt Dumba sat with Brodin for a few minutes in the trainer’s room. They are best friends, and Dumba said he could tell Brodin was upset he couldn’t be out there with his teammates.

“He’s a huge part of our team,” Dumba said. “It put a pretty big stress on us on the back end to kind of fill that void. That’s the way it goes in playoffs.”

In addition to Brodin, center Joel Eriksson Ek confirmed that he played through a knee injury toward the end of the first-round series. He suffered the injury in Game 6 after crashing into the goal post, then gutted it out to play in Game 7.

“That’s how it is in playoffs,” Eriksson Ek said. “Everybody plays hard. Everybody gets something. That’s what it was.”

Similar to Brodin, Eriksson Ek won’t need surgery this offseason. He plans to take some time off before ramping up his training in preparation for next season.

“You always want to get better and better,” Eriksson Ek said. “You want to get better to win. That’s what I want to do. We want to win. We’ve been playing pretty good in the regular season. Just take these games and learn from them and get better.”