Team awaits word on severity of injury

Updated: January 5, 2004, 11:57 PM ET
Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau broke his right thumb Friday when he was struck by a slap shot in the Flyers' 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Primeau said he will visit a hand specialist once the Flyers return to Philadelphia after the team plays at Tampa Bay on Saturday. It was not yet determined how long the center will be out.

"Hopefully, it's just a fracture," Primeau said. "My big worry is I just don't want to be out of the lineup two, three, four weeks."

The Flyers were killing off a penalty late in the first period when Primeau was hit by a shot by Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. Primeau immediately lowered his right hand and skated off the ice as play continued.


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