Center sidelined with shoulder injury

Updated: October 22, 2003, 11:47 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Eric Lindros will be out two to four weeks after injuring his left shoulder during the New York Rangers' victory over the Florida Panthers.

Eric Lindros
Lindros
Lindros has a sprain in the area where the shoulder and collarbone meet the chest, the Rangers said Tuesday. An X-ray Monday night was negative.

Lindros left Madison Square Garden on Monday night without speaking to reporters and was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

New York coach and general manager Glen Sather wasn't precisely sure when Lindros was hurt, except he knew the center played after the injury.

He may have been hurt midway through the second period after becoming entangled with a Florida player in the right corner.

"Losing Eric was disappointing, but he'll be back," Rangers captain Mark Messier said after New York's 3-1 victory.

As of Tuesday, the Rangers hadn't recalled anyone from Hartford of the AHL. New York does not play again until Saturday -- the team's second four-day break in a season only five games old.

Lindros scored his second goal of the young season 1:41 into the game. In the first period he was knocked down hard twice in succession in front of the Panthers' bench.

In the second period, Lindros also went down in front of the net. He was seen grimacing in pain as he sat on the bench.

Lindros played 6 minutes, 14 seconds in the first period and 4:23 in the second. He was on a line with Jamie Lundmark as his right wing instead of Anson Carter. The switch was made after New York started the season 0-2-2 and struggled for offense.


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