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Puck leaves Sydor with 70 stitches

By TOM JONES
Published January 29, 2006


PHILADELPHIA - The Lightning suffered its scariest and most gruesome injury in years Saturday when defenseman Darryl Sydor was hit in the face with a puck one minute into the second period.

The puck ripped a nasty gash that extended from Sydor's lip past the left side of his nose and left the veteran defenseman woozy and laying in a pool of blood.

Sydor received 70 stitches, including several to his gum. The only thing that kept his mouth area from flapping apart was the meaty tissue of his upper lip.

It took nearly two hours for the medical staff to sew Sydor's cut.

Sydor was in too much pain to speak to the media, but he did travel with the team to Washington.

"I just talked to him and I talked to him in between periods and he's trying to get ready to play (today)," coach John Tortorella said. "That's what Sydor is all about. He's ugly at times. He may make some mistakes at times, but since he has been with us, he has been a warrior."

THAT'S NOT ALL: Forward Rob DiMaio broke his nose and required several stitches to the bridge of it when hit by an errant stick.

A second doctor had to be called in to perform DiMaio's stitch work because the first doctor on site was attending to Sydor.

While there is no official word on the status of Sydor or DiMaio, it's hard to imagine Sydor playing today. So the team recalled forward Jason Jaspers and defenseman Doug O'Brien from the minor-league affiliate in Springfield.

Center Martin Cibak missed Saturday's game with what is being called an "upper-body injury." He has missed three of the past five games because of injury.

FLYING HIGH: The Lightning's victory was its seventh in a row during the regular season against the Flyers and fifth straight in Philadelphia.

"I don't know what the secret is," defenseman Dan Boyle said. "They're an easy team to get geared up for."

MIGHTY MOE: Fredrik Modin has a knack for scoring in bunches this season. Saturday's hat trick was his fifth multigoal game of the season. Four times he has had two goals in a game. That means half of his 22 goals have come in five games. It was Modin's third career hat trick and second against the Flyers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Boyle's goal was his first in 14 games. ... Vinny Prospal's third-period goal was his first in 10 games. ... It was the fourth time the Lightning has scored six goals in a game this season. All four games were on the road. ... It was the second time Tampa Bay has recorded three power-play goals. ... The back-to-back shutouts by John Grahame and Sean Burke are the first consecutive Lightning shutouts since Nikolai Khabibulin on Nov. 23-25, 2001.