NHL - Flyers lose Carter for month

Reuters - Tue, 23 Mar 00:01:00 2010

The Philadelphia Flyers suffered a blow in their battle for a playoff place with the news that their leading scorer Jeff Carter will be out for up to a month with a fractured left foot.

Flyers Carter celebrates his goal against the Maple Leafs with teammates Pronger and Timonen during the first period of NHL ice hockey action in Philadelphia - 0

Philadelphia Flyers center Jeff Carter will be sidelined for three-four weeks with a left foot fracture.

Carter, the team's leading scorer who has played in 286 consecutive games, sustained the injury blocking a shot in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.

The loss of the 25-year-old, who has 33 goals and 27 assists this season, is a major blow to the Flyers' playoff hopes. Philadelphia are sixth in the Eastern Conference, with eight teams advancing to the postseason.

"He's a big-time goal scorer that we rely on," Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's going to take a group effort to kind of fill in from the offensive production standpoint."

Philadelphia hope Carter will be able to return for the regular season finale on April 11.


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