Mike Ribeiro out for up to six weeks with throat injury

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro will be out for four to six weeks with a throat injury suffered against the New York Rangers, the team said on Thursday.

Ribeiro had surgery at a Manhattan hospital on Wednesday night to repair a throat contusion, the team said on its website (http://stars.nhl.com). He was expected to remain in the hospital for a few days before returning to Dallas.

The 29-year-old suffered the injury when he was hit in the neck by the stick of New York forward Chris Higgins during the second period of Wednesday's 5-2 Rangers victory.

Higgins was assessed a two-minute minor penalty on the play.

Ribeiro has 10 goals and 23 assists this season.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Sonia Oxley)