|Hasek prepares to answer a question during a news conference on Tuesday concerning his adductor muscle strain.|
by Todd Anderson
Dominik Hasek is feeling much better after returning to Ottawa from the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, because of an injury.
On Tuesday morning, a second MRI was conducted on the Ottawa Senators goaltender to give team physician Don Chow a better look at the suspected adductor-muscle injury.
"We had an MRI done in Italy by the Czech team, which was sent over, however, the images weren't as clear as we would have liked, so we had it repeated earlier today," Chow said. "After the examination and the tests, it appears that there is a very mild muscle strain in one of his adductor muscles on the right thigh."
No immediate timeline for Hasek's return is known.
"Everything at this point is just following the rehab and seeing how he feels," said Chow. "The main thing is we want him to be totally confident with (the injury). Whatever time it takes, it's going to take."
Hasek is prepared for the work involved in getting him back into action, but he won't rush back until he is ready.
"I want to get back on the ice as soon as possible. On the other hand, we have to be smart. It's been a week, and I definitely feel better. I'm almost pain free, which is a good sign, but there is still lots of work ahead."
According to Hasek, it was a group decision for him to leave before the conclusion of the Winter Olympics and return to Ottawa.
"We made this decision with the doctors in Torino. They checked me on Friday and made the decision I couldn't play in the Olympics. I talked to John (Senators GM Muckler) and he said: â€˜If you can't play, you would be better to come back.' I agreed with him completely. I stepped on the first plane the next day, came here, and saw the end of the Nickleback concert and got checked out at the same time."
Audio: Dr. Chow speaks about Hasek's rehab (237 kb)
Audio: Hasek speaks about leaving Olympics (81 kb)
Olympic recap: Team Canada holds on to beat Czechs
Team Canada's men's hockey team held a 3-0 lead in the first period against the Czech Republic today but needed outstanding goaltending from Martin Brodeur down the stretch to hold onto a 3-2 victory. Chris Pronger, a defenceman with the Edmonton Oilers, ended up with the game-winning goal.
Kazakhstan began the day by defeating Latvia 5-2. Both teams have been eliminated from the medal round.
Switzerland clinched second place, but just barely. The host Italians came close to defeating the Swiss but allowed a late goal in a 3-3 draw. Switzerland is a surprise second-place finisher in Pool A after beating the Czechs and Canadians earlier in the tournament.
Finland clinched first in Pool A, with a 5-0 record, after a 2-0 win over Germany. The Germans were eliminated from medal contention, along with Italy in Pool A.
In a battle for first place in Pool B, Slovakia defeated Sweden 3-0 on the strength of Karol Krizan's shutout performance.
In the final game of the day, Russia, who will meet Canada in the quarterfinals tomorrow, edged the United States 3-2. Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov had the game-winning goal.