-- The Chicago Blackhawks
confirmed Monday night that forward Bryan Bickell
underwent wrist surgery to repair tendons in his wrist and will not be available to play in Tuesday's Game 7 of the Chicago Blackhawks
' Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Canucks
Bickell has 2 goals and 4 points in the series. The news was initially reported earlier Monday by XM Home Ice.
The injury occurred when Bickell was accidentally cut by a skate blade in Game 2 at Rogers Arena. Bickell is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Bickell was playing on a line with center Dave Bolland
and forward Michael Frolik
. The line was one of the Hawks' most productive in the series at both ends of the ice -- checking Vancouver's Sedin twins on defense and scoring all three regulation goals in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win in Game 6 at the United Center.
Bickell scored Chicago's first goal of the game against Cory Schneider
with a wrist shot from the low slot, which knotted the game 1-1 in the first period. He also delivered a big hit against Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa
that was similar to a hit Raffi Torres
put on Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook
in Game 3 -- which knocked Seabrook out of Game 4 and Game 5.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville
said at Monday's press conference that forward Tomas Kopecky
(upper body), who was hurt in Game 1 of the series, is with the team in Vancouver and is "progressing."
Kopecky's availability for Game 7 will be determined on Tuesday, according to Quenneville.