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Islanders' Tavares will not require surgery on MCL

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TSN.ca Staff
2/25/2014 12:11:52 PM
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New York Islanders forward John Tavares, who suffered a partially torn MCL in his left knee during the Sochi Olympics, will not require surgery.

Speaking to members of the media on Tuesday for the first time since returning home from the Winter Games, Tavares said he will need eight to 12 weeks to fully recover.

Tavares sustained the injury during Canada's quarterfinal game against Latvia when he was hit by defenceman Artus Kulda.

Despite being injured in an Olympic contest, the 23-year-old said he has no regrets about playing for Canada and would make the same decision again.

"I think it's important for us to play," Tavares said. "I love playing for my country and if I got the call again, I would."

The former first overall pick of the Islanders said he also understood general manager Garth Snow's anger at the IIHF and IOC after his injury because Snow cares solely about his team.

"You understand why teams are concerned about injuries. I know he cares a lot about the Islanders and so do I."

Prior to the Olympic break, Tavares was third in the NHL in points, tied for the Islanders' lead in goals and leading the team in assists.

John Tavares (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)
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