Flyer may lose a testicle

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, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

WASHINGTON -- Flyers left winger Patrick Thoresen was taken to hospital for tests after getting hit in the groin by a shot during Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to Washington last night.

"He's going to the hospital to get an ultrasound done on his testicles. It's bad enough they may have to remove one," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.

"Right now, we're not sure how serious it is, but there's a chance he may need surgery."

Thoresen blocked Mike Green's shot with about 61/2 minutes left in the game, then dropped to the ice, writhing in pain. Moments later, Washington scored to tie the game 4-4.

"Obviously, I'd have liked to see a whistle," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

Thoresen was helped off the ice and taken to the locker room.

SURGERY FOR PREDATOR

DETROIT -- Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol broke his left thumb in Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings and was scheduled to have surgery yesterday.

"Scotty is an all-purpose guy for us," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "He's strong on the draw, he's a top penalty killer and he's one of the leaders. We're going to miss him, but we've missed a lot of players over the last year or so. We just have to find another way to get things done."

It would help the Predators, trailing 1-0 heading into their game in Detroit today, if forward David Legwand can return from a foot injury.

"He really will be a game-time decision," Trotz said. "I'm hopeful."

If Legwand can't play, the Predators either will call up a forward from the minors or play with seven defencemen.

OILERS INK GILBERT

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers signed defenceman Tom Gilbert to a six-year, $24-million US contract. The 25-year-old Gilbert was second among rookie defencemen with 33 points (13 goals and 20 assists) and led all NHL freshmen with 159 blocked shots.

PARISE CLIPPED

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils winger Zach Parise needed dental work last night after being hit in the mouth by a high stick by Rangers defenceman Christian Backman, who got a four-minute penalty.

Parise is expected to play in Game 2 tomorrow.


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