JVR to undergo surgery, miss 4-6 weeks

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James van Riemsdyk will undergo surgery on his injured left foot. (Tony Ding/AP)

   Left winger James van Riemsdyk will undergo surgery Tuesday on his left foot and miss four to six weeks, the Flyers announced.

   The Flyers are hoping he will be ready to return for the playoffs.

    Van Riemsdyk broke a bone while blocking a first-period shot fired by Islanders defenseman Milan Jurcina in the Flyers’ 6-3 win on Thursday.

    Dr. Steven Raikin will insert a plate to help the healing process, according to GM Paul Holmgren.

    Van Riemsdyk, 22, said he had felt as if he was close to getting back to form after missing 15 games with a concussion. Since his return, he had two assists and no goals in six games.

    The blocked shot _ and van Riemsdyk trying to return a short time later _ inspired his teammates. The Flyers scored two first-period goals after the injury to erase an early 1-0 deficit.

    “It gives a boost to the team,” goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said. “It says, 'Hey like this guy battles and we have to battle, too.' Then we get back to the game and we score two goals and continue to push the pace of the game to the highest tempo. Eventually, it pays off very well."

   JVR has 11 goals in 43 games; he scored 21 goals last season.

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