Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/12/12
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The NHL handed down a two-game suspension for Vancouver forward Byron Bitz on Thursday for an incident in the series opener against Los Angeles. Bitz incurred a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct after hitting Kings forward Kyle Clifford high during the second period of Vancouver's 4-2 loss on Wednesday. Clifford will also miss Game 2, due to an upper body injury. Former Canucks defenceman Willie Mitchell scored on the ensuing power play to put the visitors ahead 2-1, a shot that got past screened Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo. Bitz will be eligible to play again for Game 4 on April 18 in Los Angeles. The 27-year-old journeyman was a late season addition to the lineup for the Canucks, scoring a goal and adding three assists in 10 games, with 14 penalty minutes. The next game of the series is at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Friday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. PT)
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