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The blue liner was injured on a hit from Filip Forsberg during the final seconds of the first period and did not return to the game on Friday night.Josh Manson’s availability to the Anaheim Ducks moving forward in the series with the Nashville Predators is in question after he left Game 1 in the first period and did not return. Manson took a hit from Filip Forsberg as he was taking a shot during the dying seconds of the opening period Friday night. Those in attendance noted some head contact on the hit:
Looking at replays of Forsberg hit on Manson. Tough one. Definitely finished at the head but was that first point of contact?— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) April 16, 2016
Having watched a few replays now of that Forsberg hit on Manson, there does seem to be some head contact, but Manson bent down as he shot — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 16, 2016The Ducks announced during the second period that Manson would not return due to an upper body injury. Friday was the 24-year-old’s playoff debut. In 71 regular season games Manson registered five goals and 10 assists while averaging 18:46 a night in ice time. He also led all Ducks defensemen with a plus-11 rating. Manson’s injury could mean Kevin Bieksa returns to the lineup for Game 2 on Sunday. According to Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register, Bieksa was a game-time decision, but did not play in Game 1. Bieksa missed the final nine regular season games due to an upper body injury suffered in the Ducks 6-5 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs on March 24. The 34-year-old scored four goals and 15 points while averaging 21 minutes a night in ice time in 71 regular season games.