Tavares Injured, Leg injury ends Olympics, Islanders fate Unknown
(h/t SBNation on the GIF)
Islanders Captain John Tavares suffered an apparent leg injury in today's 2-1 Quarterfinals win between Canada and Latvia. Tavares has been ruled out for the remainder of the Olympics, which for Canada is a Semi Final date with the US and either the Gold or Bronze Medal games. The injury appears to be incidental and the consequence of a good play by Latvia's Arturs Kulda. While it may appear in the GIF that Kulda went knee on knee, there was no penalty on the play and Kulda appeared to be going for a clean check.
Overall it's unfortunate and will effectively kill the remainder of the Islanders season as they needed a miracle run akin to the 1980 US team or the '69 and '73 New York Mets just to crack the playoffs. Ideally, the injury is only short term and Tavares only needs to miss a short time.
As it stands, the Islanders have confirmed on Twitter that Tavares has a leg injury with no further insight. More to come in the coming days. Hopefully, it's just an ligament sprain and Tavares can return quickly, anything more and we're in bad shape limping to July 1.
UPDATE (Thursday, 8:20am): News this morning came out through Twitter that Tavares will miss the remainder of the season with a torn MCL and a meniscus tear. This and Frans Nielsen's broken hand now make Brock Nelson and/or Ryan Strome the team's top line Center. While the Islanders were out of the playoffs, they didn't need an injury to John Tavares in any way shape or form.