ISLANDERS’ TAVARES OUT FOR REST OF SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY

The New York Islanders lost their star and captain for the rest of the season because of an injury at the Sochi Games.

“John Tavares has an MCL and meniscus tear in his left knee,” team spokesman Kimber Auerbach wrote in an email Thursday. “He will remain with Team Canada for the remainder of Olympics and return home after for further evaluation.”

Tavares was hurt by a big hit along the boards by Latvia’s Arturs Kulda in the second period of Canada’s 2-1 victory Wednesday night. He writhed in pain on the ice for several seconds before skating to the bench and going to his team’s dressing room.

“That’s tough,” Canadian teammate Jeff Carter said. “He was a big part of our team and obviously, you don’t want to see anybody get hurt no matter who they are playing for. He was a great guy in the room.”

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