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Broken hand will sideline Frans Nielsen after Islanders return from Olympic break

Frans Nielsen suffered a broken left hand Saturday, one last indignity for the Islanders as they headed into the Olympic break. According to Islanders general manager Garth Snow, Nielsen may be out a month -- which, given the current break, would mean missing perhaps four to five games once the team reconvenes.

Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson delivered a two-handed slash to Nielsen's hand with 7:52 left in the third period of the Islanders' 5-2 loss. Nielsen stayed on the bench for the remainder of the game but didn't play another shift.

Johnson was issued a two-game suspension Tuesday for the slash. Nielsen's break is non-displaced and he will not need surgery. Denmark failed to qualify for the Olympic tournament, so Nielsen has time to recover this week and next; the Islanders' first practice after the break is Feb. 19.

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