Teemu Selanne injures upper body

Updated: February 13, 2014, 9:37 PM ET
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SOCHI, Russia -- Teemu Selanne has left Finland's hockey opener with an upper-body injury.

Team spokesman Janne Lahti says Selanne will be OK for the rest of the tournament.

Finnish coach Erkka Westerlund said Selanne's injury is "not serious."

Asked if he expected Selanne to play Friday, Westerlund replied, "I think so."

The "Finnish Flash" played in the first period and had an assist Thursday against Austria and wasn't on the ice in the second or third periods.

"It's tough to see him get injured, but he'll be OK," teammate Olli Jokinen said. "He's a big part of this team and he's our leader. It's never easy when you lose a guy like him."

The 43-year-old Anaheim Ducks forward is the oldest hockey player at the Sochi Games.

He has tied a record by playing in the Olympics for a sixth time. Selanne has helped the Finns become the only nation with three medals since NHL players joined the Olympics in 1998 and to win four medals in the previous five Winter Games.

Information from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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