Jagr injures groin in Czech bronze-medal victory

Updated: February 25, 2006, 7:32 PM ET
Associated Press

TORINO, Italy -- NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr left the second period of the Czech Republic's 3-0 win over Russia on Saturday night with a minor groin injury and didn't return as his nation wrapped up the Olympic bronze medal.

Jagr headed back to the locker room after being injured. He was on the bench in the third but didn't play. He said he doesn't think he'll miss any time when he returns to the New York Rangers.

"I hope not," he said. "I didn't feel very well, but it's not bad."

The Rangers' first game after the Olympic break is Thursday night at Philadelphia. Jagr leads the NHL with 40 goals and 88 points.

Earlier in the second period, Jagr assisted on Marek Zidlicky's goal that made it 2-0. Jagr finished the Olympics with two goals and five assists.

Jagr also was hurt in the preliminary round when he was rammed into the boards by Finland's Jarkko Ruutu. He left that game with blood pouring out of a cut in his forehead.


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