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Brind'Amour Could Miss Three Months

January 22, 2003|From Times Wire Services

Rod Brind'Amour, the Carolina Hurricanes' leading scorer, will need surgery and could be out three months after tearing a tendon in his right hand.

Brind'Amour, who has 14 goals and 23 assists, was put on injured reserve Tuesday. He was hurt on a first-period faceoff in Monday night's 5-3 loss to St. Louis, although he wound up scoring in the third period.

Surgery is needed because "there is potential damage to two fingers if he doesn't get this done," Coach Paul Maurice said. "There really is no option. If there was one, he would play and get it fixed at the end of the year."

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vaclav Prospal was suspended for two games and Dallas Star goaltender Marty Turco was suspended for one because of separate altercations.

Prospal was penalized for cross-checking Ottawa's Chris Neil on Monday.

Turco was suspended for high-sticking Colorado's Peter Forsberg on Monday. The Stars recalled goaltender Corey Hirsch from their minor league affiliate to replace Turco.

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Edmonton Oiler forward Georges Laraque will have right knee surgery to repair cartilage damage and it is unknown how long he will sit out.... Philadelphia Flyer right wing Justin Williams will sit out the rest of the season after surgery to repair torn left knee ligaments.

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