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Bickell undergoes wrist surgery

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

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Bickell undergoes wrist surgery
The Chicago Blackhawks confirmed Monday night that forward Bryan Bickell underwent wrist surgery to repair tendons and will not be available to play in Tuesday's Game 7.
CHICAGO -- 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.
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