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Canucks’ Bieksa penalized for illegal check to the head

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VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 8: Kevin Bieksa #3 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on from the bench during their NHL game against the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena January 8, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jeff Vinnick

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa was penalized for a hit to the head of Viktor Stalberg early in the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators.

The hit occurred less than three minutes into the game, and Bieksa was given only a minor penalty.

As Stalberg was trying to work past Bo Horvat behind the Vancouver net, Bieksa caught Stalberg with a shoulder to the head of the Nashville forward, sending him to the ice.

Stalberg was shaken up on the play, but returned to the game shortly after.

(H/T to @ThomasDrance and Canucks Army.)


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