NHL notes: Peverley has knee sprain

Roberto Luongo (1) of the Vancouver Canucks and Rich Peverley (49) of the Boston Bruins during...

Roberto Luongo (1) of the Vancouver Canucks and Rich Peverley (49) of the Boston Bruins during first period action in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA , June 13th 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

Rich Peverley will be out four to six weeks because of a sprained right knee ligament, the Boston Bruins announced Friday.

The forward has a third-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament as a result of a check Wednesday from defenceman Hal Gill. The hit did not draw any action from the league.

"It doesn't matter," Julien said when asked if he thought it was a legal hit. "Whether I like it or don't like it, whatever. I don't make the decisions. I'm done with commenting on the stuff, because it's not worth it."

Peverley, 29, has nine goals and 29 assists in 49 games.

The Bruins called up Josh Hennessey from their AHL affiliate in Providence.

ENFORCER NEEDS SURGERY

Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Tom Sestito will have surgery next week to repair a torn groin muscle.

The 24-year-old winger will be out six to eight weeks, the Flyers said Friday.

Sestito was injured Thursday in a game against the Buffalo Sabres.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Sestito has one assist and 83 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Flyers this season.

GASH SIDELINES BENN

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn is expected to miss at least two games after being cut on the left thigh by a skate in a game Thursday against the Calgary Flames.

Benn said he was cut by Mark Giordano's skate after he tried to hit the Flames defenceman. The cut required 13 stitches.

"Thank goodness nothing else was involved, just a deep significant, painful cut," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.

"We're glad nothing else happened for sure, but he'll be a day-to-day guy until that heals up."

WADA WADES IN ON NHL TESTING

The World Anti-Doping Agency is angling to talk with the NHL before the end of the playoffs about creating an improved drug-testing program.

"We are hopeful we can have another meeting with them either before the Stanley Cup playoffs or at least after them so that we can help them further," WADA director general David Howman said.

The NFL, NBA and MLB are promising to begin blood tests for human growth hormone, and the NHL is under pressure to follow suit.

The NHL has no out-of-competition testing and is considered to have the weakest anti-drug program of the big four North American professional sports.

BRIEFLY

Sidney Crosby had a non-contact skate Friday with the Pittsburgh Penguins but said he is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. There is no timetable for his return ... The Columbus Blue Jackets activated defenceman Brett Lebda from injured reserve Friday and placed goaltender Curtis Sanford on IR. Lebda missed five games with a hand injury. Sanford has missed three games with an upper-body injury ... The New York Islanders defenceman Travis Hamonic was placed on injured reserve because of a broken nose and other facial injuries. Hamonic hasn't played since Feb. 4 when he was hit on the face by a slapshot from Buffalo Sabres defenceman Christian Ehrhoff.


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