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Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa leaves game against Predators with lower-body injury


Dallas Stars' Alex Goligoski (33) skates away as Vancouver Canucks' Mason Raymond (21), Kevin Bieksa (3) and Dan Hamhuis (2) celebrate Bieksa's second-period goal against the Dallas Stars in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Dallas. The Canucks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (The Associated Press)

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa left Friday night's game against the Nashville Predators with what the team called a lower-body injury.

The Canucks said that he would not return to the game.

After playing 7:20 of the first period, Bieksa took just two shifts in the second period before going back to the Vancouver locker room. Bieksa did not appear to be involved in any major collisions during the game.

In 17 games this season, Bieksa is tied for the Canucks team lead with five goals.