VOORHEES, N.J. -- Flyers center Jeremy Roenick decided to
return a game ahead of schedule following his recovery from a
broken jaw and concussion.
Roenick played Thursday night at home, skating 26 shifts against the New York Islanders. He had one shot on goal.
He had contemplated retiring after he was hit by a shot off the stick of New York Rangers defenseman Boris Mironov in a Feb. 12 win over the New York Rangers. Roenick decided to return before the end of the regular season after
learning he had suffered no serious brain injuries.
He most likely will wear a protective cage for about another
month to guard his jaw.
"I figured it was enough time to heal, it's been six weeks
now," Roenick said after Wednesday's practice. "Six weeks was the
parameter. And I knew going in that the playoffs were about two
months away, so I had a good chance of coming back."
Roenick said he isn't concerned about the possibility of being a
target against the Islanders.
"You don't want to go out and kind of be standoffish or
protective," he said. "You want to go in there and really test
Mark Recchi missed practice Wednesday after his throat was cut by a skate Tuesday night at Carolina. He received 19 stitches but the cut reopened early Wednesday and he needed more stitches. He was in the lineup Thursday.
Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau, who also suffered a
concussion in the game against the Rangers, had hoped to return
Thursday, but was still experiencing symptoms early in the day. He
might return to action Saturday.