Fractured hand holding defenseman back

Updated: April 27, 2004, 3:22 PM ET
Associated Press

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kim Johnsson will miss Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series against Toronto because of a broken bone in his right hand.

Johnsson, the Flyers' best defenseman, was injured late in last Saturday's 3-1 series-clinching victory over defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey. He was hit with the puck, and has a hairline fracture of the bone connecting the ring finger and wrist.

Johnsson practiced with the team this week but was ruled out after Thursday's morning skate. Forward Sami Kapanen will move to defense to replace Johnsson. The Flyers already are without defenseman Eric Desjardins for the playoffs because of a forearm injury.

Radovan Somik will take Kapanen's spot at forward.


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