Canucks call up defenceman Sweatt from Manitoba after losing Bieksa to injury

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks called up defenceman Lee Sweatt from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Sunday after losing Kevin Bieksa to injury against Calgary on Saturday night.

Bieksa’s eye swelled shut during the 4-3 shootout loss after he was caught by a hard right hand during a first-period fight with Tom Kostoploulos.

The Canucks cancelled practice Sunday, so there was no update on Bieksa, who leads the team at plus-20 and is third in scoring among defencemen with 17 points. Vancouver is already missing defencemen Aaron Rome (knee) and Andrew Alberts (shoulder) for the next two to three weeks.

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The 25-year-old Sweatt spent the last three seasons in Europe before signing as a free agent. He has five goals, 14 points and a plus-15 rating in 41 games for Manitoba.

Vancouver also sent forward Sergei Shirokov to Manitoba. The Russian rookie scored his first NHL goal in his season debut three games ago, but was a healthy scratch Saturday.