Vancouver's Sami Salo stayed behind as his team travelled to Chicago for Games 3 and 4. ((Christian Petersen/Getty Images))

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,, 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