Canada F John Tavares will miss the rest of the Olympics with a leg injury from Latvia win

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Canada defenseman Drew Doughty, center, celebrates with teammates John Tavares (20) and Jeff Carter (77) after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Finland in a men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Canada forward John Tavares will miss the rest of the Olympics with a leg injury.

Tavares was injured in a big hit along the boards by Latvia's Arturs Kulda in the second period of Canada's 2-1 victory Wednesday night.

Tavares writhed on the ice in pain for several seconds before skating to the bench and going to Canada's dressing room.

Canada coach Mike Babcock didn't disclose the severity of Tavares' injury, but said will miss the team's final two games. The New York Islanders' team doctors will examine him back home.

Tavares is the NHL's third-leading scorer with 66 points in 59 games for the Islanders. He went scoreless in four games for Canada in Sochi.

Canada faces the United States in the semifinals on Friday.

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