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Rangers’ Richter Has Skull Injury

March 27, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter will miss at least two weeks with a broken bone in his skull, further hampering the team’s playoff push.

The team doesn’t expect him back before the last two games of the regular season.

Richter was hit in the mask twice in the first three minutes of Friday’s loss to the Florida Panthers. The second drive, a shot from center ice by Chris Tamer, hit Richter on the right side _ opening a cut on his ear and causing headaches.

Richter, the primary U.S. goalie at the Salt Lake City Olympics, sat out the Rangers’ 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday.

He is 24-26-4-3 with a 2.95 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage this season.

Entering Tuesday’s games, the Rangers were tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the eighth-place Montreal Canadiens for the last playoff berth.

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