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Bickell undergoes wrist surgery

by Brian Hedger
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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