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Sochi 2014 Olympics: John Tavares Out for Season with Torn MCL
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Sochi 2014 Olympics: John Tavares Out for Season with Torn MCL

Feb 20 2014, 8:02pm CST | by

Canada men's hockey player John Tavares, who is also the team captain of the New York Islanders, was ruled out for the rest of the Sochi 2014 Olympics as well as the remainder of the 2013-14 NHL season after he tore his MCL.

New York Islanders team captain John Tavares is out for the rest of the 2013-14 NHL season due to an MCL injury. According to Cory Wright of the Islanders' official website, Tavares sustained the...

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Sochi 2014 Olympics: John Tavares Out for Season with Torn MCL

Feb 20 2014, 8:02pm CST | by

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Canada men's hockey player John Tavares, who is also the team captain of the New York Islanders, was ruled out for the rest of the Sochi 2014 Olympics as well as the remainder of the 2013-14 NHL season after he tore his MCL.

New York Islanders team captain John Tavares is out for the rest of the 2013-14 NHL season due to an MCL injury.

According to Cory Wright of the Islanders' official website, Tavares sustained the injury during Canada's quarterfinal match against Latvia in the Sochi 2014 Olympics on Feb. 19:

"It was a somber day at Islanders Iceworks, as the team contemplated life without captain John Tavares. 

"The Islanders announced Tuesday morning that Tavares sustained an MCL and meniscus tear in his left knee during Wednesday's Olympic quarterfinal between Canada and Latvia. He will miss the remainder of the regular season. 

"Tavares will remain in Sochi through the end of the Olympics and will be re-evaluated upon returning to Long Island. With the league's third-leading scorer sidelined for the rest of the season, and their second-line center, Frans Nielsen, out with a broken thumb, head coach Jack Capuano will have to restructure his lines accordingly." 

The MCL injury was also verified by Islanders spokesman Kimber Auerbach in an e-mail to ESPN New York's Katie Strang. It reads,"John Tavares has an MCL and meniscus tear in his left knee. He will remain with Team Canada for the remainder of the Olympics and return home after for further evaluation." 

A day before Tavares was ruled out for the rest of the NHL season, his head coach with the Canadian men's hockey team in Sochi, Mike Babcock, confirmed to Stephen Lorenzo of The New York Daily News the Islanders captain sustained a left knee injury and will not be able to compete in Canada's remaining games. 

Tavares hurt his knee after a check from defenseman Arturs Kulda of Latvia. "Tavares was shaken up immediately and struggled to return to the bench before heading to the dressing room and did not return for the third period," Lorenzo adds. 

Babcock also told USA Today Sports' Paul Myerberg Tavares seemed to be in good spirits in spite of his injury. He said,"He seemed to be in a fine mood. Obviously disappointed he's injured." 

Strang also stresses the Tavares incident could give NHL owners reason not to send their players off to subsequent Olympic Games. 

For instance, two members of the Florida Panthers -- Aleksander Barkov and Tomas Kopecky sustained injuries which will keep them out of the lineup for some time. Barkov has a knee injury of his own and is sidelined for a month while Kopecky was elbowed in the head in a game against Slovakia and is out indefinitely. 

Tavares' teammate with the Islanders, Norway's Mats Zuccarello, sustained a hand injury that kept him out of his team's game against Russia. On the other hand, Sweden's Henrik Zetterberg -- who is from the Detroit Red Wings -- was diagnosed with a herniated disk and is also out indefinitely, per Strang. 

The loss of Tavares, the NHL's third-leading scorer with 66 points, further compounds the Islanders' woes. They are currently last in the Metropolitan Division with a 22-30-8 record through Feb. 20. 

 
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Oct 23 2014 8:29pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins lost the game to the New York Islanders 3-2 and then waited to find out how long they will be without their captain and No. 1 defenceman, Zdeno Chara. The 2009 Norris Trophy winner left Thursday night’s game in the first period with an undisclosed injury and didn’t return. Coach Claude Julien said after the game he had no update, but inside the Boston locker room, Chara’s teammates seemed resigned ...
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Chara leaves game against Islanders with injury

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BOSTON — Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left the team’s game against the New York Islanders on Thursday night with an undisclosed injury. Boston Bruins on Twitter: “UPDATE: Zdeno Chara will not return to tonight’s game ^BB” More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool The team didn’t elaborate on why Chara didn’t return to the bench at the start of the second period. He ha ...
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