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Malhotra's injury saddening for Canucks teammates

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The excitement the Vancouver Canucks feel over the best season in franchise history has been dampened by the eye injury to center Manny Malhotra.

Malhotra has needed two surgeries after being hit in the left eye by a puck March 16.

Captain Henrik Sedin says losing the faceoff specialist, who has become a leader on the ice and in the locker room, puts what the Canucks have accomplished in perspective.

The Canucks have wrapped up first place in the Western Conference. Heading into Thursday's game against the Kings, Vancouver already had established team records for points (111), wins (51) and road wins (26).

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