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Lightning’s St. Louis Breaks Finger

November 14, 2005

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis is expected to miss two to four weeks with a broken bone near the tip of his left ring finger.

The 2004 NHL MVP also has a damaged nail bed, the result of being hit in the hand by defenseman Darryl Sydor’s shot in practice Sunday.

``I knew right away it was bad,″ St. Louis said at Tampa Bay’s morning skate on Monday. ``I’m disappointed, obviously, because I want to help the team win. Now I’m watching for a little bit ... hopefully not too long.″

St. Louis has struggled at times this season, with five goals and 13 points in 18 games. During the Lightning’s 2003-04 Stanley Cup championship season, St. Louis had 38 goals and 94 points.

``Personally, I’m trying to get my game to where it needs to be,″ St. Louis said. ``This is kind of a setback. I’ve got to wait a little longer to do that.″

In other news, The Lightning sent goalie Gerald Coleman to Springfield of the American Hockey League.

Coleman was filling in for injured backup Sean Burke. The 20-year old became the first player from the NHL Diversity Program to play in a regular-season game when he played the third period of last Friday’s game at Atlanta.

Burke missed seven games with a groin strain. He took part in Monday’s workout.

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