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Foot fracture sidelines Flyers' Carter 3-4 weeks

Monday, 03.22.2010 / 2:34 PM / News

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Foot fracture sidelines Flyers' Carter 3-4 weeks
Philadelphia Flyers center Jeff Carter, the team's leading scorer, will be sidelined 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left foot.
What looked to be a routine play has turned into anything but for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Center Jeff Carter, the team's leading scorer, will be sidelined 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left foot suffered while blocking a shot during Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.

"It was a harmless play," Carter told the team's Web site. "Took one off the side of the foot, got home (Sunday) night and it just started getting worse and worse."

X-rays proved negative, but when a follow-up MRI was performed, it showed the break in the arch of his foot.

Carter leads the team with 33 goals and 60 points. He had played in 286 straight games -- the third-longest streak in franchise history.

"(Carter is) a big part of our team, and right now other guys have to pick up their socks a little bit and go at it," Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told the team's Web site.

"Obviously, he's a big part of our team; he's a big-time goal scorer that we rely on," defenseman Chris Pronger said told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's going to take a group effort to kind of fill in from the offensive production standpoint, but he does a lot more things for our team other than that. That's where he's going to be missed as well."

Holmgren said the only roster change would be a full-time role for Ville Leino, who has been in and out of the lineup since the Flyers acquired him Feb. 6.
"Obviously, he's a big part of our team; he's a big-time goal scorer that we rely on. It's going to take a group effort to kind of fill in from the offensive production standpoint, but he does a lot more things for our team other than that. That's where he's going to be missed as well." -- Chris Pronger

"When you lose a player like Jeff, it's certainly an important piece," coach Peter Laviolette told the team's Web site. "Every team in the League has injuries and loses top players, and our team is no different.

"This year has been full of opportunities for others to step up. Guys that have played under (Mike Richards) and Jeff now have an opportunity to fill a role with more minutes in more situations on the ice. We'll be counting on those players to make the most of those minutes."

If Carter is out the minimum three weeks, he could be back for the regular-season finale against the New York Rangers on April 11.

The Flyers are just 5-5-2 since the Olympic break, and while they have 79 points, placing them sixth in the Eastern Conference, they're only four points ahead of the ninth-place Thrashers.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com


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