Flyers Notes

The Flyers' thrilling 6-5 overtime win over Washington last night was costly as

Blair Betts,

the fourth-line center, suffered a dislocated right shoulder late in regulation.

Betts will be sidelined at least a month, general manager Paul Holmgren said. Betts will have an MRI exam today.

After taking a face-off, Betts "kind of fell funny and fell right on his shoulder," Holmgren said. "It's too bad. He was playing real well for us and it's a big loss, but that's why you have extra guys."

Holmgren said he did not plan to make any roster moves. That means Darroll Powe, who has been playing right wing on the third line, will probably be moved to Betts' center spot. Arron Asham, a healthy scratch in the first three games, figures to be moved to right wing on the third line with Claude Giroux and rookie James van Riemsdyk - if the latter is healthy.

In the second period, van Riemsdyk had to be helped off the ice after being run into the boards by Milan Jurcina. Van Riemsdyk returned to action early in the third period, but played only two shifts the rest of the night.

"He just got his bell rung; he felt a little better when he came back in the third, but we're just going to be careful and check him out tomorrow," Holmgren said.

Knuble returns

Last night marked the return of

Mike Knuble,

the popular former Flyer who signed with Washington in the off-season.

"Obviously, they had a lot of parts already in place here," he said. "I'm here to address a little need they had - and that was to be around the net. . . . I'm just trying to be a piece of the puzzle and maybe add something that can help the group go to the next level."

Playing in Washington has given Knuble a different appreciation for his new teammate, reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin.

"When you play against him, you see the goals and see the shots and see the celebrations, but sometimes you don't realize what it takes to get to that point and the plays that are made around the ice," Knuble said.

"I've been really impressed with how hard he plays every night and his energy around the room. He's a fun guy to have on the team. That stuff can be contagious to a team, and he's a guy who just loves being around the game, loves to play the game of hockey, and I'd think he'd play it for $100 a year."

A hundred dollars a year?

I don't know about that," cracked a smiling Ovechkin.

Breakaways

Van Riemsdyk will be evaluated today for a possible concussion. . . . Asham,

Riley Cote

, and

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen

were the Flyers' scratches last night. . . . The Flyers' Wives, led by

Stacy Stevens

and

Heather Hatcher,

are working with Firefly Literacy Fund to help establish a library at the Southwark School in South Philadelphia. The group will be painting a room at the school today. The culmination of their work this season will be the Flyers' Wives Fight for Lives Carnival at the Wachovia Center on Jan. 10.

- Sam Carchidi