Flyers' Read sidelined for 6 weeks

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Flyers' Matt Read celebrates his second period goal with the Flyers bench against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, February 7, 2013. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The Flyers continue to be stung by injuries to key players.

Top-line winger Matt Read, who entering Thursday led the Flyers with seven goals, will miss six weeks with a muscle tear in his ribs, the club announced before Thursday’s game against Florida.

Read suffered the injury late in the first period of Wednesday’s 6-5 win in Pittsburgh.

Rookie Tye McGinn will replace Read in Thursday's lineup.

"You never like to see an injury," McGinn said before the game. "It's unfortunate, but I'm just going to go out and do my best. Keep working hard and stay positive."

Despite playing well in 13 appearances (three goals, plus-3) with the Flyers, McGinn had been a healthy scratch in the previous two games before Thursday.

He said he wasn't upset by the benchings.

"We hadn't been winning," he said. "We needed to change things up."

Watching from the press box, "you get a different perspective of the game," McGinn said, adding that Wednesday night's 6-5 win in Pittsburgh "was something crazy. It was an unbelievable game. it was exciting and you want to play."

The Flyers were already missing two of their top players, left winger Scott Hartnell (broken foot) and Andrej Meszaros (shoulder). Hartnell may return Wednesday

Read, 26, should be back around April 4. If so, he would miss 18 games _ or more than one-third of the season.

A year ago, Read led NHL rookies with 24 goals.

Will the latest injury cause GM Paul Holmgren to make a deal?

Stay tuned.

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