Lang is third Wings forward lost in past week

Updated: March 9, 2004, 4:51 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings center Robert Lang will be sidelined up to four weeks with a cracked rib.

Lang, among the NHL's leading scorers with 78 points, was injured on a hit in the first period of Monday's 1-1 tie with Tampa Bay, Red Wings coach Dave Lewis said.

Lang was acquired from Washington on Feb. 27.

In less than a week, the Western Conference-leading Red Wings have lost three key forwards: Lang, Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) and Kris Draper (shoulder).

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