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Jagr hurt when rammed by Ruutu in Czech-Finland game

Posted: Feb.18, 2006, 5:21 pm CST; Updated: Feb.18, 2006, 5:45 pm CST


TORINO, Italy (AP) -- Czech Republic star Jaromir Jagr, the NHL's leading scorer, left the ice with blood pouring out of a cut on his forehead after being rammed into the boards by Finland's Jarkko Ruutu during the Czechs' 4-2 loss in Olympic men's hockey Saturday.


After the game, Czech coach Alois Hadamczik said Jagr did not have a concussion and possibly could play Sunday against Italy, though he said, "It will be up to him.''


Hadamczik did not say if Jagr had any injuries, and the Czech team's medical staff was not available for comment.


Jagr was digging for the puck along the boards in the Czech end when Ruutu sped across the ice from the far edge of the left circle, his left elbow up, and slammed Jagr into the boards.


Jagr, of the New York Rangers, lay face down for several minutes, a pool of blood collecting on the ice before being helped to the locker room with 7:03 gone in the second period.


Jagr appeared to be wearing a thin, old-style helmet that he wore earlier in his NHL career -- a style the league no longer permits because of the amount of protection provided.


Hadamczik was incensed by the hit, and said the incident marred what otherwise was an excellent, competitive game between two medal contenders.


"The shadow of this game is the foul on Jaromir Jagr,'' he said after the world champion Czechs lost their second in a row in Torino.


Finland coach Erkka Westerlund denied that, saying it was "a right check.'' Asked to clarify, Westerlund said he felt the hit was clean.


Immediately after Ruutu delivered his hit, the Czechs' Filip Kuba shoved Ruutu and Martin Straka -- a Rangers teammate of Jagr -- jumped on Ruutu and pushed him to the ice. Ruutu, of the Vancouver Canucks, was given a game misconduct and Straka drew two 2-minute penalties for roughing.


According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, no further action against Ruutu is planned and he can play Sunday night against Canada.


Jagr was wobbly as he was assisted to the Czech locker room and did not speak to reporters after the game.


Jagr, who starred on the Czechs' 1998 Olympic gold medal team, leads all NHL scorers with 40 goals and 48 assists for 88 points, seven more than the Sharks' Joe Thornton. Jagr had two goals and an assist in the Czechs' first two Olympic games.


I don't like the word "concussion" Concussions are bad...in fact...bah...FUCK!!!!!

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