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Bieksa Was Bothered By Abdominal Injury Down Stretch And Into Nhl Playoffs

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Bieksa injury caused trouble for Canucks defenceman:

Kevin Bieksa doesn't like the injury excuse. But he has a good one.

The Vancouver Canucks defenceman admitted he played through an ailment down the stretch of the NHL regular season and into the playoffs but wouldn't identify the injury that had been bugging him for six weeks. It was thought to be a foot problem from a shot block, because he was often seen limping in the dressing room. However, it's in the abdominal region and that's why he became known as Mr. Maintenance before the postseason.

"We're still trying to determine what it is," Kurt Overhardt, the Denver-based agent for Bieksa said of what medical procedure will be followed in the offseason to repair damage in the

midsection. "Everybody knows he doesn't like to take time off."

The fact that Bieksa actually played is somewhat comforting because the sports hernia injury that Dan Hamhuis suffered in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final last June resulted in a major offseason procedure. It became obvious that Bieksa wasn't right because his battle level and ability to rotate and transition quickly was hampered in the Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Los Angeles Kings. Although he managed the winning goal in Game 4 — his only shot being a wrister from the point that struck Mike Richards and changed directions — there wasn't the usual torque in the torso or heavy follow-through. To his credit, Bieksa had 10 hits and 17 shots in the five-game series but was never right.

"Obviously, I was taking some practices off, so there were some maintenance issues there for sure," said Bieksa. "I had some problems, had my maintenance week and we did what we could to make it better for the playoffs."

http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Bieksa+injury+caused+trouble+Canucks+defenceman/6518692/story.html

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Interesting to hear

I was really glad to see Ballard stepping up in Bieksa's "maintenance absence", and coach AV rewarding him with more ice time.

Bieksa will be fine I think. It's not a knee or hip issue, and (puts on the Dr. coat) he should be fine for next year

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Do during the regular season why didn't we just rest players with any minor injury???????

Seriously!

I have said this all along

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Hope this extra long off-season heals EVERYONE up. Can't be havin' injuries left and right here.

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having the poops is no excuse for losing or playing badly. I have bad poops to but i still show up to work every day.

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Do during the regular season why didn't we just rest players with any minor injury???????

Seriously!

I have said this all along

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What I don't understand is why Kesler and Bieksa were both logging monster 20+ min nights knowing they are injured and playing like crap?

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What I don't understand is why Kesler and Bieksa were both logging monster 20+ min nights knowing they are injured and playing like crap?

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having the poops is no excuse for losing or playing badly. I have bad poops to but i still show up to work every day.

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What I don't understand is why Kesler and Bieksa were both logging monster 20+ min nights knowing they are injured and playing like crap?

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What I don't understand is why Kesler and Bieksa were both logging monster 20+ min nights knowing they are injured and playing like crap?

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AV doesn't have much patience or tolerance when it comes to injuries, period. Don't forget, he called out on Hodgson for "faking" an injury, when in fact, it was rather serious.

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That's BS

AV never forces players to come back early. For every single injury that has happened to the Canucks this year, AV has always kept the players away until they come to him and tell him that they're ready to play.

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That's BS

AV never forces players to come back early. For every single injury that has happened to the Canucks this year, AV has always kept the players away until they come to him and tell him that they're ready to play.

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That explains a lot.

My apologies Juice, love you man.

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Blah, it's the playoffs, players on other teams are hurt too..

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