and the Canucks
have endured a painful, disappointing season. (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
By Darian Somers
Henrik Sedin didn't get to finish his 1,000th NHL game.
After being honored with a pregame ceremony, Vancouver's captain was forced to leave Sunday's match against Buffalo after suffering an apparent leg injury with about five minutes left to play in the second period. He was skating behind the net when he got caught up with Sabres forward Tyler Ennis, who fell, slightly bending Sedin's leg. Sedin finished his shift, but needed attention on the bench before he was taken down the tunnel to the dressing room. He didn't return.
The injury is the latest to hit the struggling Canucks this season. Leg woes had sidelined Sedin's twin brother Daniel, who was hurt during the Heritage Classic, and center Ryan Kesler. Both returned against Buffalo, but winger Alex Burrows (thumb), who has already missed time with a broken foot and broken jaw, is out again. A rib injury cost Henrik, who has 10 goals and 46 points, a chance to skate for Sweden in the Sochi Olympics.
After their 4-2 win on Sunday, the Canucks find themselves in 10th place in the Western Conference, three points behind the Phoenix Coyotes, who hold the eighth and final berth with two games in hand.