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