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Flyers win game, lose their captain

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Published January 3, 2004

SUNRISE - Mike Comrie is wasting little time in making an impact with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Comrie scored twice in his fourth game with Philadelphia on Friday and led the Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Panthers.

"Mike's a good player," said Simon Gagne, who assisted on both of Comrie's goals. "He's patient, and he makes things happen."

Comrie was traded to the Flyers by Edmonton on Dec. 16 after a contract dispute with the Oilers.

"As a team, we're satisfied because we're playing well," Comrie said. "Our line is happy we were able to contribute offensively and defensively."

It was the Flyers' seventh consecutive road victory against Florida, spanning four seasons.

But the victory was costly for the Flyers.

Philadelphia lost captain Keith Primeau in the first period when he broke his right thumb as he was hit by a slap shot off the stick of Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Primeau immediately lowered his right arm and skated off the ice. He said he will visit a hand specialist once the Flyers return to Philadelphia after the team plays at Tampa Bay today.

He is expected to be out at least two to three weeks.

COYOTES 6, STARS 0: Brian Boucher stopped 35 shots in posting his second shutout in a row for the visitors. While Phoenix received stellar goaltending, Dallas was victimized by subpar play in its nets. Stars backup Ron Tugnutt started the game but was pulled before the end of the first period after giving up two goals on seven shots. Marty Turco, who expected to have a rare night off, replaced him and made 15 saves on 19 shots. Chris Gratton, Shane Doan and Daymond Langkow each had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Cleary had two assists. Ladislav Nagy, Brian Savage and Branko Radivojevic also scored.

BLACKHAWKS 2, SHARKS 1: Igor Korolev scored his first goal of the season with 7:13 left for the hosts. Positioned at the right edge of the crease, Korolev deflected in Steve Sullivan's pass from a goalmouth scrum. Chicago's Brett McLean and San Jose's Alexander Korolyuk scored early in the third period as the Blackhawks won for only the fourth time in 26 games (4-14-4-4).

OILERS 2, WILD 1: Ryan Smyth scored a short-handed goal nine seconds into the third period, snapping a tie for visiting Edmonton. Minnesota began the third period on a power play, but Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson mishandled the puck behind his net. Smyth stole the puck and beat Roloson to the front of the net before he backhanded a shot off the far post for his 10th goal. Minnesota's franchise-record unbeaten streak ended at nine games (4-0-5).

SABRES 5, DUCKS 2: Curtis Brown, Chris Drury and Dmitri Kalinin each had a goal and an assist for host Buffalo. Miroslav Satan and Daniel Briere also scored for the Sabres, who have won four of five. Keith Carney and Andy McDonald scored for the Ducks. The Sabres placed defenseman Andy Delmore, who had been on injured reserve with a groin injury, on waivers.

RED WINGS 4, HURRICANES 1: Pavel Datsyuk and Steve Yzerman scored 1:06 apart, and Kris Draper added a short-handed goal for visiting Detroit. Draper also scored from his knees while he tangled with Carolina goaltender Jamie Storr and defenseman Sean Hill with 3:10 remaining to put it away for the Red Wings.

CANADIENS: Forward Donald Audette became an unrestricted free agent when the remainder of his contract was bought out. Audette, 34, was signed through next season and was slated to earn $3-million in the 2004-05 campaign. Terms were not released.

ISLANDERS: Forward Mark Parrish (sprained left ankle) is expected to miss as many as eight weeks.

SENATORS: The league suspended wing Martin Havlat for two games for kicking Islanders defenseman Eric Cairns. The suspension will cost him $16,667 in salary, and he will miss games against Washington today and Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

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