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Richter Suffers Linear Fracture of the Temporal Bone

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The New York Rangers announced today that goaltender Mike Richter suffered a linear fracture of the right temporal bone during the Rangers’ game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday, March 22. Richter underwent a CT scan at the Grammercy MRI Diagnostic Center on Monday, March 25 which revealed the fracture. The scan was evaluated by team physicians Dr. Andrew Feldman and Dr. Ron Weissman, along with team neurologist Dr. Claude Macaluso and Dr. David Payne of the Grammercy MRI Diagnostic Center. Richter, who is expected to make a full recovery from this injury, will be re-examined in two weeks.

"It's surprising, just stunning, because I felt better in terms of the hit itself and I even skated today," Richter said. "I didn't take pucks, just because the risk is you don't want to put yourself in that position to get hit again. It's still hard to believe. I've been hit many times and I've never had anything like this happen."

Richter, 35, had posted a 24-26-4-3 record in 55 games this season, along with a 2.95 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. He sustained the injury when he was hit by a Chris Tamer slapshot during the first period of the Rangers - Atlanta Thrashers game.
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