Injury halts Carter's 286-game streak

Updated: March 23, 2010, 8:56 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The Philadelphia Flyers, already without their top two goalies, have also lost their leading scorer.

The team announced Monday that star forward Jeff Carter is out three to four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left foot. Carter leads the team in goals (33) and points (60).

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When he misses Tuesday night's game in Ottawa, Carter will end a streak of 286 consecutive games played. That's the third-longest in team history.

"Jeff's a tough kid, when he's able to come back and play, he will," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "Other guys have to pick up their socks a little bit."

Carter is hopeful he can be back for the playoffs, which start next month.

"It's tough," Carter said. "This is what you really play all year for, down the stretch run and into the playoffs."

The Flyers are making due as well without goalies Ray Emery (out for the season) and Michael Leighton (out eight-10 weeks).

Philadelphia was swept in a home-and-home by Atlanta over the weekend and sits four points atop the ninth-place Thrashers in the Eastern Conference.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.