Roenick plays vs. Isles

Updated: March 25, 2004, 10:44 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Jeremy Roenick
Jeremy Roenick may have his best opportunity for a Stanley Cup.

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 it.''

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.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro did not make the trip to Philadelphia because of the flu. Garth Snow started in his absence.


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