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Manny Malhotra sits out Game 1

Updated: June 1, 2011, 8:02 PM ET
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks center Manny Malhotra sat out Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night.

Malhotra is attempting to return from a career-threatening eye injury. He sat out practice Tuesday, but Canucks general manager Mike Gillis refused to call it a setback in Malhotra's surprising comeback.

Malhotra was hit in the left eye by a deflected puck March 16 and has since undergone at least two surgeries.

"This has been a day-to-day ...

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