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Roenick, Primeau injured vs. Rangers

2/13/2004

NEW YORK (AP) -- On the night Sean Burke came back to the Flyers
and won, Philadelphia lost star center Jeremy Roenick with a broken
jaw.

The Flyers beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Thursday night in
what became a costly victory. They lost Roenick in the third period
and, moments later, saw another center, Keith Primeau, shaken up in
a collision with the Rangers' Bobby Holik.

"To absorb that and still compete, our team earned it today,"
Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The players deserve a lot of
credit for the way they sucked it up there and played it out."

Burke won his first game since being reacquired to tend goal for
Philadelphia, making 26 saves. Sami Kapanen scored the go-ahead
goal midway through the third period.

But the focus afterward was on Roenick. He was hit flush on the
face by Rangers defenseman Boris Mironov's shot and immediately
went down.

"Jeremy got hit point blank with a puck on the left jaw,
sustained a very bad fracture of the left jaw ... he was out pretty
much for three or four minutes," said Dr. Andrew Feldman, the
Rangers' physician. "The jaw is a problem and I'm sure he's going
to need surgery on that."

Roenick was motionless for several minutes before getting up and
slowly leaving the ice while clutching a towel to his face. He
waved to the fans, who gave him an ovation as he left.

"It's not often you get cheered at Madison Square Garden,"
Roenick said through a team spokesman. "They showed a lot of class
and I wanted to respond."

Rangers general manager-coach Glen Sather felt the injuries
could have inspired the Flyers.

"I think teams, historically, when they lose players like that
rally around it during the game," Sather said. "I don't want to
see anybody get hurt in a hockey game."

But one of his players did, too. Jaromir Jagr hurt his groin
area late in the game.

"There's so much pain now," Jagr said. "It's not exactly my
groin, but it hurts when I push."

Desperate for goaltending help with Jeff Hackett forced to
retire because of vertigo and Robert Esche sidelined by a knee
injury, the Flyers acquired Burke from Phoenix on Monday. Burke
also had a short stint with the Flyers late in the 1997-98 season.

"I was little bit nervous at the start because I had a couple
of days to think about it," Burke said. "I made a couple of saves
in the first period, but I left a couple of rebounds out there."

One of them led to the first goal, by Brian Leetch with two
minutes to go in the first period. That was the only puck the
Rangers put past Burke.

Simon Gagne pulled the Flyers even with a power-play goal in the
second period to set the stage for Kapanen in the third.

Kapanen drilled a shot from between the circles past Jussi
Markkanen to give the Flyers their fourth straight victory and
their eighth in the last 10 games (8-1-1). It was a demanding
effort, given the injury toll.

Game notes
Roenick, who assisted on Gagne's goal, is the Flyers'
second leading scorer with 45 points on 18 goals and 27 assists.
... The Flyers have won three in a row at Madison Square Garden and
are 6-0-1 in their last seven road games.