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Yzerman Injured After Tocchet Hit

January 29, 1998

DETROIT (AP) _ Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman has a sprained medial collateral ligament and a charley horse on his left leg, hospital tests revealed Thursday.

Team officials said Yzerman is expected to miss two games this weekend but should be back on the ice by next Friday.

Yzerman was injured Wednesday after being kneed by Rick Tocchet of the Phoenix Coyotes during a game at Joe Louis Arena. He was examined Thursday at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Yzerman was helped off the ice at 5:39 of the second period of the game, which ended in a 4-4 tie.

Yzerman, one of three Red Wings scheduled to play in the Winter Olympics, was flipped into the air by the hit. He stayed on the ice on all fours for about a minute before being helped to the dressing room.

Tocchet was assessed a major penalty, and Detroit’s Brendan Shanahan scored late on the power play to tie the game at 3-3 after two periods.

Tocchet served a two-game suspension for kneeing Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers during a Jan. 20 game. Smyth suffered a torn ligament in his left knee.

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