Vancouver Canucks: Pyrrhic Victory over Boston Bruins as Sami Salo Is Injured

Joel ProsserCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 07:  Sami Salo #6 of the Vancouver Canucks is helped off the ice after he was hit by Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins on January 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Vancouver Canucks marched into Boston to play the Bruins for the first time since Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and came out with the two points in a 4-3 victory. 

But it was a costly victory, as two Canucks did not complete the game due to injury. 

Fourth line winger Andrew Ebbett broke his collarbone, and head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed after the game that he would have surgery tomorrow. Expect Ebbett to be out for a couple months. 

However, Ebbett's injury isn't nearly as costly to the Canucks as the Sami Salo's injury. 

Salo had been enjoying a strong season, with six goals (tied for eighth in the NHL in defencemen goal scoring) and 16 points in 38 games. Not bad for a 37-year-old playing 20 minutes a night. 

But at 18:47 of the second period, Brad Marchand went extremely low on Salo as they went after a loose puck. Salo was taken out at the knees, and flipped awkwardly over top of the crouched Marchand, landing heavily on his head and right shoulder. 

Salo would lie on the ice for a moment before getting up and angrily throwing his stick as he went to the dressing room.  

After the game, Vigneault would only say that it was an upper body injury, and that Salo would be evaluated tomorrow morning. Salo has had surgery on both his shoulders in the past, and the immediate thought was that he had dislocated his shoulder. 

It might not be as bad as it seemed, though. Canucks fans are naturally apprehensive any time Salo goes down, but he landed on his right shoulder.

And then when he got up, he threw the stick with his right arm. 

If it was a serious shoulder injury, like a separated shoulder, he probably wouldn't have been using that arm to throw his stick. 

Hopefully Salo will only be out for a few games, but the Canucks do have Andrew Sulzer available to step into the lineup, and Aaron Rome is only a few days away from being cleared to play after his hand injury.  

In the interim, expect Keith Ballard to get a few more minutes as the pairings are shuffled up. 

The Canucks aren't carrying any extra forwards, so a call-up from the Manitoba Moose seems likely in time for Monday's game against the Florida Panthers.

David Booth is with the team and starting to practice though, and he might be cleared to play in time for the Florida game. I'm sure he'd love to get back in time to play his former team. 

In the end, while it was nice to get the two points and beat Boston, it was a Pyrrhic victory. Salo is a key cog on defence, and Canucks fans are hopeful, but not optimistic, that he will be back soon.