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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/07/2010

Semyon Varlamov: 'My knee is injured'

That "lower-body injury" Semyon Varlamov suffered late in Sunday's rehab start in Hershey was not related to the groin muscle he strained on Dec. 7, after all, he told me this morning.

The injury he suffered with the Bears, the oft-injured goalie said, was a "minor" sprain of his right knee (MCL) while kicking out his pad to make a save. Last year, the 21-year-old missed time with a sprained left knee.

"Bad luck," Varlamov said, showing off his rapidly improving English. "In the three last minutes, my knee is hurt. The groin is good. It was feeling good in the game. But my knee is injured."

He returned to Washington this week to work out with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish. The goalie hopes to be back on the ice on Monday.

"I have to play," he said, shaking his head. "It's been a month. Everybody tells me be positive."

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