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Vancouver Canucks head to Chicago without defenceman Sami Salo

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Canucks travelled to Chicago on Sunday without defenceman Sami Salo, who remained in Vancouver for treatment of an unspecified lower body injury.

Salo returned to the bench in Saturday night's 6-3 Blackhawks win wincing in pain after he scored the game's opening goal with a blast on the power play early in the first period. He didn't play another shift.

There was no word on whether he would fly later to Chicago for Games 3 and 4 against the Blackhawks on Tuesday and Thursday and coach Alain Vigneault didn't rule out his return.

Salo missed the fourth game of the Canuck's first-round sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a lower body injury.

His absence is bad news for a Canucks blue-line that struggled without him against the Blackhawks, who tied the best-of-seven series 1-1.

The injury meant the Canucks lost a big shot from the point and had to juggle their defensive pairings.

"Sami's a big part of our team," said fellow blue-liner Shane O'Brien. "Any time you lose one of your top (defencemen), it doesn't matter how good you are, it will have the old trickle-down effect."


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