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Canucks’ Kevin Bieksa (hand) out indefinitely

Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks - Game Four

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 07: Kevin Bieksa #3 of the Vancouver Canucks awaits a face off in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 7, 2013 in San Jose, California. The Sharks defeated the Canucks 4-3 to sweep the series 4 games to 0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

According to the team, the 33-year-old will require surgery.

Erik Erlendsson reports Bieksa suffered the injury after taking a Victor Hedman shot to the hand in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bieksa is a key piece of the Canucks defense averaging over 21 minutes a night in ice time. He has nine points and a minus-4 rating in 45 games this season.

Bieksa’s injury is the second significant one to the Canucks’ blue line this season. Dan Hamhuis missed 21 games with a groin injury and just recently returned to action.

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