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Sweden missed Backstrom in gold medal hockey final

Nicklas Backstrom
Nicklas Backstrom
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According to the Canadian Press, Swedish hockey player Niklas Backstrom did not play in the gold medal game in men's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on Sunday because he tested positive for a banned substance found in an allergy medication.

Sweden lost the gold medal game to Canada 3-0 and they sure could have used Backstrom because the team was already without offensive forwards Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, and Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings due to injury. The Swedes had extreme difficulty getting by the stingy Canadian defense after the first opening minutes.

So far this season, Backstrom had 11 goals and 45 assists for 56 points. Backstrom, who was drafted fourth overall by the Capitals in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft, has played his entire career in Washington, and notched a career high 33 goals, 68 assists and 101 points in the 2009-10 NHL season.