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Nicklas Backstrom "very sad" to miss ice hockey final

Sweden center Nicklas Backstrom says that he was "very sad" after being ruled out of the ice hockey gold-medal match for failing a drugs test.

Nicklas Backstrom has said that he was "very sad" to miss the men's ice hockey final at the Winter Olympics today.

The Sweden center failed a doping test ahead of the gold-medal match against Canada in Sochi.

The 26-year-old told ESPN: "I was very sad and obviously, I felt bad for the guys, lots of guys were in the locker room when they called me out."

Backstrom has blamed the failed test on a substance found in his allergy medication, which he is permitted to take while competing in the NHL.

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Nicklas Backstrom #19 of Sweden skates against Latvia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group C game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 15, 2014
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