Backstrom pulled from gold medal game after testing positive for banned substance

Feb 23, 9:01 AM

When Sweden faced Canada in the gold medal game on Sunday, they were forced to do so without top center Nicklas Backstrom. While Swedish reports suggested that Backstrom was dealing with migraines, there may be something else going on.

According to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, Swedish Olympic officials have now confirmed Backstrom tested positive for a banned substance that could be allergy medication. The revelation was first reported by Yahoo's Greg Wyshynski, whose source says Backstrom was pulled out of the game based on a test from Friday.

There will be a news conference after the Olympic hockey medal ceremony. Canada beat Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal.