- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (AP) - Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis left Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals four minutes into the second period after throwing a low hit that sent Boston forward Milan Lucic spinning head over heels.

Hamhuis dropped to the ice Wednesday immediately after it appeared he took Lucic’s knee in the midsection as he made the hit. He also took a couple of shots from Bruins forward David Krejci, who was penalized for cross-checking, as a scrum broke out around him.

Hamhuis, who anchors Vancouver’s shutdown pairing with Kevin Bieksa, was hunched over as he skated to the bench, and hobbled to the locker room after crawling over the bench. Hamhuis has a goal and five assists and is plus-5 while averaging almost 26 minutes of ice time _ most against the opposition’s top forwards _ during Vancouver’s first run to the finals in 17 years.

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