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Flyers goalie Emery out 6 weeks

Baltimore Sun

Flyers goalie Ray Emery will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdomen, and is expected to miss about six weeks.

Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement Tuesday night before the Flyers played the Islanders.

The Flyers, who have lost five straight and eight of nine, recalled goalie Johan Backlund from Adirondack, but will rely heavily on Brian Boucher.

Emery hadn't been playing well, and was pulled from Saturday's game against the Capitals after allowing five goals.

Holmgren said the injury played a part in Emery's slump.

"You know how hard he practices," Holmgren said. "He's been trying to fight through this, but couldn't practice the way he normally does, and his game suffered. He's a down young man, and feels he let his team down."

•Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt was hit by an SUV early Tuesday morning in Philadelphia while crossing the street but suffered no serious injuries and played Tuesday night against the Flyers.

•The Hurricanes activated goaltender Cam Ward from the long-term injured list. Ward had missed the last 13 games after he was cut on the leg by a skate in a game Nov. 7 at Columbus. ... The Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Brendan Bell and forward Tomas Kana from the Blues in exchange for forward Pascal Pelletier.

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