Lappy won't need surgery, will play in Round 2

Ian Laperriere needed more than 60 stitches after getting hit by a puck during the third period of Game 5. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

     Ian Laperriere will not need surgery and will play in Round 2, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Saturday.

    The winger needed 60 to 70 stitches above his right eye when hit by a shot Thursday in New Jersey.

    According to Holmgren, Laperriere suffered a non-displaced fracture of the orbital bone that won't require surgery.

    "I think hell would freeze over before he doesn't play," Holmgren said.

    Laperriere "looks a lot better today than yesterday _ other than it being very colorful," Holmgren said.

    Laperriere did not practice Saturday; he will be re-evaluated on Monday.

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