Salo makes it on ice for Canucks

Updated: May 12, 2010, 12:10 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Vancouver Canucks got a boost and the Chicago Blackhawks made a change.

Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo suited up for Tuesday night's Game 6 after suffering a groin injury in Game 5 on Sunday.

Salo blocked a Duncan Keith shot in the groin area late in the first period on Sunday in Chicago. After writhing in pain on the ice for several minutes, Salo was taken to the hospital for fear of a ruptured testicle.

But Salo was on the ice Tuesday morning.

Salo, who has averaged almost 21 minutes of ice time in the postseason, plays against Chicago's top forwards. He also is part of the Canucks' power-play and penalty-killing units.

Chicago, meanwhile, made a change to get another big body on the ice. Forward Tomas Kopecky was scratched in favor of Troy Brouwer. Brouwer had 22 goals during the regular season but has struggled in the playoffs the last few seasons.

At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Brouwer is another big body, along with Dustin Byfuglien, who can run interference in front of Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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