Yashin has surgery on right arm

Updated: December 26, 2003, 5:59 PM ET
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Islanders center Alexei Yashin is expected to miss 10-12 weeks after injuring his arm during Tuesday night's 4-2 victory over the Flyers, the team announced Wednesday.

Yashin's right arm was cut by the skate of Flyers center Michal Handzus during a scramble that led to Arron Asham's game-tying goal.

Yashin underwent surgery to repair two partially-severed extensor tendons of the wrist and a severed sensory nerve. The surgery was performed by Islanders orthopedist Dr. Kenneth Montgomery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

The Islanders star will be in a cast for four weeks and then will begin rehab. According to team physician Dr. Elliot Pellman, the injury is not career-threatening and Yashin is expected to make a complete recovery.

"The reality is, the injury actually could have been even worse. Still, it's a big disappointment for our team and our fans," Islanders general manager Mike Milbury said. "Alexei is one of our leaders and had been playing some of his best hockey over the last few weeks. But throughout the history of this league, the good teams have always found a way to step up when one of their top players goes down. I know our guys will do the same."

Yashin is tied for the team lead in scoring with 24 points including 12 goals in 33 games. The Islanders are tied for third place with the Rangers in the Atlantic Division.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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