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Canucks' Salo stays home, questionable for Game 3

Canucks defenceman Sami Salo remained in Vancouver for treatment on a lower-body injury suffered in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal versus the Chicago Blackhawks and is questionable for Game 3.

The Vancouver Canucks made the trip to the Windy City without defenceman Sami Salo.

He remained in Vancouver for treatment on a lower-body injury suffered in Game 2 of the Canucks' Western Conference semifinal series versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

Salo came off the ice after he scored the first Vancouver goal in Saturday's 6-3 loss. Afterward, coach Alain Vigneault would only say that it's a lower-body injury and that Salo was listed as day-to-day.

The Finn also missed Game 4 of Vancouver's first-round series against St. Louis, also with a lower-body injury.

"Sami's a big part of our team," defenceman Shane O'Brien. "Any time you lose one of your top [defencemen], it doesn't matter how good you are, it will have the old trickle-down effect."

There was no word on whether Salo would fly to Chicago later and join his team for Games 3 and 4, and Vigneault didn't rule him out of the lineup. The series is tied 1-1 heading into Tuesday night's game  (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m.ET).

Salo came up big in Vancouver's Game 1 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday, scoring the game-winning goal with 1:13 left in regulation time.

With files from The Canadian Press