Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said injured forward Daniel Sedin has a concussion but avoided questions about when the All-Star might return to action. The host Canucks beat the Los Angeles 1-0 Monday..
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault says injured forward Daniel Sedin has a concussion.
Team officials remain mum on the All-Star left wing’s condition, or if he will be able to return to action before the playoffs.
“He’s got a concussion, and when we have something more to say, we’ll say it,” said Vigneault ahead of Vancouver’s game against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. “We’re just going to follow the (concussion) protocol and when we have more, we’ll share it with you.”
The Canucks beat the Kings 1-0 as Manny Malhotra scored at 3:05 of the first period and goaltender Roberto Luongo made 38 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.
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It was Malhotra’s first goal in 14 games.
Vancouver won despite being outshot 38-25. The Canucks (46-21-9) have 101 points, the fourth consecutive season they have had at least 100. St. Louis leads the Western Conference with 103 points.
The Canucks have won three in a row without Sedin.
Sedin was sidelined Wednesday by an elbow to the head from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith that resulted in a five-game suspension.
Sedin’s health has been a hot topic since he was hurt, but Vigneault’s comments were the team’s first confirmation of the concussion.
“That was a very unfortunate incident, a real cheap shot in the game, and losing our top player is not something that we need to come together as a group,” Vigneault said.
Keith elbowed Sedin after Sedin knocked him into the boards earlier in the game.
“The only surprise there was that Danny hit someone,” Vigneault said with a chuckle.
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