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Is Vladimir Tarasenko having a mystery surgery?

The news was announced by Team Russia’s coach.

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It’s the playoffs, so injuries are to be expected. Alexander Steen missed game four with a broken foot (and played in game five anyway), and now we’re treated to this news today:

Igor Eronko is Sport-Express’ KHL/NHL correspondent, and his source here is the coach of Team Russia Oleg Znarok, who broke the news to press today.

What is this injury?

It’s a mystery.

Andrew Allsman has an idea of when it could’ve happened:

Regardless, this might explain some of Tarasenko’s absence in round two, whatever “this” is. We’ll update the post whenever the pending surgery rumor gets updated and official.