Status for Olympics unknown

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Boston Bruins winger Miroslav Satan had to have stitches to fix a V-shaped cut in the palm of his right hand and has returned to Boston, Bruins head coach Claude Julien confirmed Friday after practice at the BankAtlantic Center.

Satan won't play in the Bruins' final game before the Olympic break against the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Julien clarified exactly how the injury occurred Thursday night in Tampa. Satan was not cut by a skate, which the Bruins had thought following the game, but instead by the force of Lightning forward Steve Downie's hit. The hit slammed the butt end of Satan's stick into his palm and, in the coach's words, "it exploded."

Satan's status for the upcoming Olympics in Vancouver hasn't been determined. He is scheduled to play for Slovakia, which opens their tournament Feb. 18 against the Czech Republic.

Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.