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Sweden updates injuries on two players

by Adam Kimelman

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg said center Oskar Sundqvist had a head and neck injury after hitting a corner metal stanchion in the second period of the game Monday against USA Blue, but did not need to go to the hospital.

Sundqvist, a Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick, was carrying the puck down the right side of the ice with USA Blue forward Vincent Hinostroza tracking him. Hinostroza attempted to angle Sundqvist off the puck along the wall, but instead the Swedish forward collided with the stanchion near the end of the Swedish bench in a play reminiscent to the one that injured the Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty in 2011.

Sundqvist remained face-down on the ice for several moments, but eventually was able to get off the ice and walk to the locker room under his own power.

"It's the head and neck area," Gronborg said. "He went into the [stanchion], twisted his neck a little bit and hit his head. As far as the type of injury, I don't know yet.

Earlier in the period, Sebastian Collberg sustained what Gronborg said was a twisted right knee. Collberg, a Montreal Canadiens prospect who scored both of Sweden's first-period goals, was attempting to move through the defensive zone when he was hurt. Collberg needed help leaving the ice and was unable to put any weight on his right leg. Gronborg said he didn't know how serious the injury was.

"He got a little twist, someone fell over his knee, it twisted when he was in the middle of a turn," Gronborg said. "We'll wait and see. Right now it doesn't feel too good, but with those type of injuries we won't know until we take a look the day after."

USA Hockey had no update on forward Stefan Matteau, who also left the game in the second period after being hit hard in the head by Sweden's Anton Lindholm. Lindholm appeared to leave his feet to hit Matteau, a New Jersey Devils prospect, in the head. Matteau was helped off the ice and did not return to the game.


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