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Canucks lose blueliner Bieksa for up to three weeks

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TSN.ca Staff
2/17/2011 4:42:52 PM
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The nightmare of injuries continue for the Vancouver Canucks as defenceman Kevin Bieksa will miss approximately three weeks of action with a fractured bone in his foot.

Bieksa injured his foot while blocking a slap shot in Vancouver's 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and now joins a long list of walking wounded on the Canucks blueline.

On Thursday, he said X-rays came back negative before a CT scan showed a smaller crack in the bone. He will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Vancouver.

"It was one of those things where I knew (something was wrong). We get hit in the foot probably thousands of times by pucks and you kind of have a feeling when something's wrong," Bieksa said. "It didn't feel like the usual shot that hurt."

Bieksa joins Andrew Alberts (wrist), Dan Hamhuis (concussion), Keith Ballard (sprained right knee), Lee Sweatt (broken foot) and Alexander Edler (back surgery) on the injury list; Alberts requiring surgery after breaking his wrist in Monday's loss to the Blues and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

"I'm very disappointed but it's one of those things that you can't control," said Bieksa. "It's part of the game and it's unfortunate with the sting of luck were having here, especially on the back end. I'm not going to sulk for too long and will try and stay in the best shape I can so that when my foot heals I can jump back in."

The 29-year-old has six goals and 13 assists with a plus-26 rating in 57 games.

The Canucks called up Evan Oberg of the AHL's Manitoba Moose and will join the Canucks in Nashville for tonight's game against the Predators.

Kevin Bieksa (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
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