A trainer massages the neck of Finland forward Teemu Selanne in the first period of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Selanne was injured on a play and did not return to the game. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Selanne’s upper-body injury isn’t serious, probable Friday

Finland was heavily favored to beat Austria in their Olympic opener and they didn’t disappoint. The only potential source of significantly bad news for Finland surrounded Teemu Selanne, who missed the final two periods of the contest.

Fortunately, forward Jussi Jokinen and goaltender Tuukka Rask both reported that Selanne was only removed for precautionary reasons, according to the Globe and Mail. Head coach Erkka Westerlund’s assessment was equally encouraging.

“Small upper-body injury, not serious,” Westerlund said, according to the Olympic News Service. He thinks Selanne will play against Norway on Friday.

Finland already had a 4-2 lead by the time Selanne was pulled and the Finnish Flash had been credited with an assist. Finland’s main competition in Group B is Canada and the two nations will face each other on Sunday.


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Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal

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Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: