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Swedish Olympic ice hockey star concussed

Sweden's and St. Lous Blues' star Alexander Steen has been taken out of the game due to concussion, but is able to train. He will likely take to the ice for his home country at the Winter Olympics.

Swedish Olympic ice hockey star concussed
Alexander Steen (L). File photo: AP

St Louis Blues center Alexander Steen, who ranks second in the National Hockey League this season with 24 goals, has a concussion and was placed on injured reserve on Saturday.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said that Steen, a strong candidate for Sweden's 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic squad, is able to exercise with the club but no timetable has been set for his return.

Armstrong said the injury was likely a result of several hits the 29-year-old sharpshooter incurred in recent games.

Steen, the Blues' top scorer this season, has already matched his career-best total for goals in a season from the 2009-10 campaign, his first full season in St Louis after coming over in a trade from Toronto.

Steen, who has also played for Modo and Frolunda in the Swedish elite league, has 147 goals in 572 career NHL games.

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Scary pictures of Eddie Läck stretchered off ice after violent collision

Swedish goalie Eddie Läck ended up in hospital after being sent sprawling as the Detroit Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou scored a game-winning goal with 3:01 left in overtime.

Scary pictures of Eddie Läck stretchered off ice after violent collision
Eddie Läck was carried out on a stretcher. Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome

Athanasiou crashed into Läck on the play and the Carolina Hurricanes goalie, who missed significant stretches of the NHL season with concussions, was attended to on the ice for more than 15 minutes as both teams and the crowd in Raleigh, North Carolina, watched in silence.

He was taken off on a stretcher and on to hospital for evaluation, giving a thumbs-up sign as he was carried off the ice.


The moment Athanasiou crashed into Läck. Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome

The Hurricanes later released a statement saying Läck was undergoing tests but had full feeling in his extremities.

“I did see it,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said when asked about the replay. “[Athanasiou] obviously went into the net hard, and there was a little shot to the head there at the end of the play and that's where the problem lies right now.”

Athanasiou said he hadn't even realized he had hit Läck as he scored the goal that gave the Red Wings a 4-3 victory.

“I had a tight angle there, so I just tried to drive the net and I'm fortunate it worked out,” he said. “You never want to see a player go down like that and go on a stretcher. I hope he's okay. I had no idea I hit him.”