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Flyers center has surgery for broken jaw

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers center Jeremy Roenick could miss
the rest of the regular season after breaking his jaw in a victory
over the New York Rangers.

The All-Star had surgery at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York
on Friday, a day after he was hit in the face with a puck, leaving
him bloodied on the ice and briefly unconscious.

"He will miss significant time," coach Ken Hitchcock said
after Friday's practice. "I don't think anyone knows the exact
time. It'll certainly be a lot longer than 2-3 weeks. We'll see how
he feels in the next week or so."

Roenick, Philadelphia's second-leading scorer, was hurt early in
the third period Thursday night when a puck struck him on a shot by
the Rangers' Boris Mironov.

"His jaw was broken pretty significantly and his laceration is
pretty significant," Hitchcock said.

The Flyers, who are tied with Colorado for most points in the
NHL, also lost All-Star center Keith Primeau less than a minute
after Roenick was hurt.

Primeau was injured after a collision with the Rangers' Bobby
Holik. But Hitchcock said Primeau felt better Friday and could
return for Saturday's home game against the Rangers.

The injuries left Philadelphia with only Michal Handzus, Claude
Lapointe and rookie Patrick Sharp at center. The Flyers traded
center Mike Comrie to Phoenix in a deal for goaltender Sean Burke
earlier in the week. Boyd Kane was recalled from the AHL's
Philadelphia Phantoms to take Roenick's roster spot.

Roenick collapsed in a pool of blood after the puck hit the left
side of his face, and was motionless for several minutes. Dr.
Andrew Feldman, the Rangers' physician, said Roenick was
unconscious for three or four minutes.

As he left the ice, Roenick waved to fans at Madison Square
Garden, who gave him a standing ovation. He later did an interview
from the hospital and spoke on the phone to teammates.

"He had the presence of my mind to wave his hand," forward
Tony Amonte marveled. "He's definitely a tough guy and he's a
character."

Roenick missed 3½ weeks with a broken jaw in 1999 when he was a
member of the Phoenix Coyotes. Roenick also was hit in the face
during practice last month on a shot by Mark Recchi.

Roenick has 45 points on 18 goals and 27 assists. Primeau has
six goals and 15 assists for 21 points.

The Flyers have been hurt by injuries throughout the season.
Eric Desjardins, the team's top defenseman, has been out with a
broken arm since last month. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg broke his
leg the same week Desjardins was injured.

Goaltender Robert Esche has been sidelined with a knee injury,
and goalie Jeff Hackett retired on Monday because of vertigo.