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by George Malik on 02/16/14 at 05:55 AM ET
Amongst oodles of Tweets stating that most of the Olympic contenders are going with their "alternate" goalies today--Team Canada's starting Carey Price and scratching Martin St. Louis when they battle Finland at 12 PM on USA Network, Team USA's starting Ryan Miller against Slovenia at 7:30 AM (with Jimmy Howard actually backing Miller up) on NBCSN, and Russia's starting Semyon Varlamov against Slovakia at 7:30 AM on USA Network--I woke up at an unholy hour to find this bit of Red Wings-related news from the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Again, cortisone is banned by World Anti-Doping Agency standards (which the IIHF and Olympics adhere to) as it is technically a steroidal medication, and it's not an exaggeration to suggest that Zetterberg was probably living off of cortisone and other anti-inflammatory medications like Naproxen.
Today is the last day of Olympic preliminary round play. The teams get Monday off and will play qualifying and quarterfinal games on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively; the semifinals take place on Friday the 21st, the Bronze Medal game will take place on Saturday the 22nd, and the Gold Medal game will take place on Sunday the 23rd. The NHL schedule resumes on February 25th.
Update: St. James penned an article about the situation:
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Zetterberg, who has had to pull out of the Sochi Games because of devastating back pain, "is hoping to fly home Tuesday."
Zetterberg was at the Olympics as captain of Sweden, but his tournament ended after one game. He scored the winning goal against the Czech Republic last Wednesday, felt fine, then woke up Thursday in pain he described as 20 times worse than any he has previously had with his ailing back.
"He wants to get home, go see a doctor, figure out what's next," Holland said.
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