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January 2, 2004 - Flyers' Primeau breaks thumb

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Flyers' Primeau breaks thumb



SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau broke his right thumb when he was struck by a slap shot in the Flyers' 2-1 victory Friday over the Florida Panthers.


Primeau will see a hand specialist when the Flyers return to Philadelphia after a game at Tampa Bay on Saturday. It was not yet determined how long the centre will be out.


``Hopefully, it's just a fracture,'' Primeau said. ``My big worry is I just don't want to be out of the lineup two, three, four weeks.''


The Flyers were killing a penalty late in the first period when Primeau was hit by a shot by Florida defenceman Jay Bouwmeester. Primeau immediately lowered his right hand and skated off the ice as play continued.