Flyers' Lindros Leaves Game Early

Philadelphia Flyers All-Star center Eric Lindros left in the first period of the Flyers' 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings with a groin injury.

Lindros, who has six goals and nine assists in five exhibition games, will be examined Sunday. The Flyers conclude the preseason Sunday night against the New Jersey Devils. They open the regular season Friday night against the New York Rangers.

"I strained my right groin a little bit," said Lindros. "It's not something that occurred at once. It has not been too good the last little while. It wasn't getting any better and it was declining in progress so doctors thought it was best that I not continue to play.

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"The doctors will have another look at it tomorrow and see if I can go."

The 25-year-old Lindros has a history of injury problems, missing 19 games last season and 49 over the last two campaigns. He and Philadelphia general manager Bob Clarke were unable to agree on a long-term contract during the offseason so Lindros is making $8.5 million in the final year of his contract.

John LeClair scored with 6:07 remaining to give Philadelphia the victory.

Rookie Dmitri Tertyshny, who also set up Jim Montgomery's tying goal in the second period, poked the puck off the left boards. LeClair fired a blast from the top of the slot that beat Kevin Hodson to the glove side for his fourth preseason goal.

The Flyers jumped to a 1-0 lead 1:48 into the opening period on Dainius Zubrus' second preseason goal. But Detroit rookie Stacey Roest tied it before the period ended with his fourth tally and offseason acquisition Uwe Krupp put the Red Wings ahead just under eight minutes into the second.

Hodson stopped 26 shots, while John Vanbiesbrouck made 24 saves for Philadelphia.

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