Parent to miss 6 more weeks; Pens next for 6th-seeded Flyers

  Injury-plagued defenseman Ryan Parent will miss six weeks after undergoing back surgery Monday, the Flyers announced after Saturday's 4-2 win over Carolina.

   Parent will have surgery to remove a disk fragment from his lumbar spine, GM Paul Holmgren said.

   The surgery will be performed by Scott Rushton at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood.

   "After running the gamut with Ryan in terms of different things we have tried to relieve the discomfort, we felt this was the way to go for Ryan’s overall health," Holmgren said. "The surgery is minimally invasive."

    Parent, 22, who is minus-5 this season, has missed the last 14 games. He has registered two assists and 14 penalty minutes in 28 appearances with the Flyers his season. Last year, he missed 36 games because of shoulder surgery.

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   On a day that marked the 10-year anniversary of his trade from the Flyers to Carolina, Rod Brind'Amour scored a goal against his ex-teammates Saturday.

   But Brind'Amour wasn't celebrating after the game.

  Instead, he was lamenting over a missed opportunity with 23 seconds left and the Hurricanes trailing, 3-2.

  Brind'Amour was lone in front, but his shot was turned aside by quick-reacting goalie Ray Emery.

   "I've got to put that one away," Brind'Amour said. "I couldn't get the puck up."

   Other than a giveaway that gave Brind'Amour an earlier goal, Emery (33 saves) was superb.

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    Saturday's win pushed the Flyers from No. 9 to No. 6 in the Eastern Conference.

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    Jeff Carter had two goals Saturday and has four goals in his last three games.....Darroll Powe led the Flyers with five hits _ one more than Dan Carcillo and Ian Laperriere....Coach Peter Laviolette wouldn't commit to Sunday's goalie against visiting Pittsburgh; Emery is expected to get the nod in the 12:30 p.m. game (NBC).....This will be the first time the Flyers have met the Penguins since FSN Pittsburgh cost Philadelphia a goal by withholding a replay of a Simon Gagne shot. The Flyers won that Jan. 7 game, 7-4, and were 2 for 2 on the power play while the Pens were 0 for 3.....The Flyers have won six straight at home and are 3-0 on the current six-game homestand.....Laviolette has made game-day morning skates optional.....Carter leads the Flyers with 21 goals _ one more than Mike Richards, who has 99 career goals....The Flyers are 13-10-2 since Laviolette replaced John Stevens (13-11-1). 

_ Sam Carchidi