Flyers center Danny Briere had surgery on both eyes yesterday at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Michael Fung, from Society Hill Ophthalmic Associates, performed PRK eye surgery on Briere.
"Everything went well," the doctor said in a statement released by the Flyers. "It went as expected, with no problems or complications. Danny tolerated the surgery well and went home with his wife this morning. He will feel irritation in both eyes for the next couple of days, and we will see how he is feeling next week."
Briere had been bothered by his contact lenses during the season.
Battle of trends
The Carolina Hurricanes are never one and done. Lose the first game of a playoff series? No big deal to the Hurricanes, who usually play their best when challenged. They trail Pittsburgh by one game to none in the Eastern Conference finals, but they've won each of the last five series in which they dropped the opener. Carolina also lost Game 1 to New Jersey and to Boston in the opening two rounds, but rallied each time to win Game 7 on the road. They wouldn't mind at all going to seven against the Penguins, even if Pittsburgh owns the home-ice advantage.
Hurricanes forwards Tuomo Ruutu and Erik Cole both sustained unspecified lower-body injuries in Monday's opener. Ruutu didn't return after defenseman Mark Eaton appeared to kick a leg out from beneath him early in the first period. Cole was hurt late in the third by a knee-to-knee hit from forward Matt Cooke.
A bankruptcy judge ordered the NHL and Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to take part in mediation to resolve their fight over who controls a franchise that both sides agree is insolvent.
The NHL and Moyes are to report their progress at a hearing next Wednesday.
- Associated Press