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Health drives Dupuis to retire

Right wing Pascal Dupuis, who played nine of his 15 seasons with the Penguins, missed most of last season for treatment of blood clots.

Associated Press

Right wing Pascal Dupuis, who played nine of his 15 seasons with the Penguins, missed most of last season for treatment of blood clots.

DENVER — Pascal Dupuis knew his comeback from the blood clots that sidelined him for most of last season would pose a unique set of challenges.

In the end, the risk proved to be too much.

The versatile Penguins forward retired Tuesday after consulting with team doctors and his family.

"It's all about them," said Dupuis, a married father of four. "If all this was on me or if I would have taken a selfish approach to this, I would still be playing."

Dupuis, 36, had two goals and two assists in 18 games this season after missing the majority of the 2014-15 season after blood clots were discovered in his lungs. Dupuis took blood thinners and was following a protocol that monitored his status.

He experienced a series of small setbacks, including leaving a game against San Jose last week after two periods with chest pain. He was cleared after a series of tests and played in weekend losses in Los Angeles and Anaheim.

"I don't feel like I should have my body go through this again," he said.

Dupuis helped Pittsburgh to the 2009 Stanley Cup and played 871 games with the Penguins, Wild, Thrashers and Rangers.

General manager Jim Rutherford said he had several long discussions with Dupuis, including one Monday.

"Our discussions hadn't got to that point yet, but in my mind I could see it coming," Rutherford said. "It's always been his decision, which it should've been, but personally in the offseason I felt he was taking a big risk by trying to play."

Policy out: The league eliminated its policy that let teams seek compensation when other franchises hire away a coach or executive under contract. Commissioner Gary Bettman told the Board of Governors that as of Jan. 1, the league will revert to its old policy that gave teams the right to grant or deny permission to other franchises to talk to coaches and executives under contract.

Montador suit: The family of former defenseman Steve Montador filed a lawsuit against the NHL, saying the league "failed to provide him with up-to-date medical information about the risk of long-term brain damage" while promoting and glorifying fighting, Canada's TSN reported. Montador was found dead at his Ontario, Canada, home in February at age 35. Though no cause of death has been announced, the Canadian Sports Concussion Project found his brain to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma. Montador, whom Westhead reports had a history of depression, memory problems and erratic behavior, agreed to donate his brain to the CSCP several years before his death.

Game highlights: Kyle Okposo had the only goal of the shootout and Frans Nielsen scored twice in regulation as the visiting Islanders beat the Flyers 4-3. … Mike Hoffman scored the winner and Mark Stone had three assists as the Senators beat the host Panthers 4-2.

Islanders 2 1 0 0 4
Flyers 1 1 1 0 3
Islanders win shootout 1-0

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 10 (Lee, Boychuk), :55. 2, Philadelphia, Bellemare 3 (Giroux), 9:12 (sh). 3, N.Y. Islanders, Nelson 9 (Leddy, Okposo), 10:43 (pp). PenaltiesMedvedev, Phi (tripping), 8:47; Tavares, NYI (illegal check to head minor), 15:11.

Second Period4, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 11 (Bailey, Leddy), 1:14. 5, Philadelphia, White 2 (Umberger, Laughton), 4:09. PenaltiesZidlicky, NYI (interference), 12:56.

Third Period6, Philadelphia, Giroux 10 (B.Schenn, Raffl), 2:02. PenaltiesNone.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNew York bench, served by Martin (too many men), 2:53; Voracek, Phi (interference), 2:53.

ShootoutN.Y. Islanders 1 (Nielsen NG, Okposo G), Philadelphia 0 (Giroux NG, Simmonds NG, Medvedev NG). Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 9-5-11-1—26. Philadelphia 15-17-13-1—46. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 1 of 1; Philadelphia 0 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Halak 8-4-3 (46 shots-43 saves). Philadelphia, Mason (10-7), Neuvirth 6-3-2 (11:10 second, 16-16). A18,108 (19,537). T2:43.

Senators 0 1 3 4
at Panthers 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Florida, Shaw 1 (MacKenzie, Jokinen), 7:49. PenaltiesChiasson, Ott (holding), 12:07; Pirri, Fla (slashing), 19:21.

Second Period2, Ottawa, Z.Smith 7 (Stone, Turris), :48 (pp). 3, Florida, R.Smith 7 (Trocheck, Pirri), 13:58. PenaltiesCowen, Ott (cross-checking), 8:40; Z.Smith, Ott (kneeing), 15:35; Trocheck, Fla (hooking), 16:16.

Third Period4, Ottawa, Turris 12 (Stone, Ryan), :51 (pp). 5, Ottawa, Hoffman 15, 14:23. 6, Ottawa, Pageau 7 (Stone), 17:29 (en-sh). PenaltiesBarkov, Fla (hooking), :26; Gudbranson, Fla (boarding), 4:33; Ceci, Ott (tripping), 15:57; Jokinen, Fla (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:12. Shots on GoalOttawa 7-6-10—23. Florida 11-8-8—27. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 2 of 5; Florida 0 of 4. GoaliesOttawa, Anderson 13-7-3 (27 shots-25 saves). Florida, Luongo 10-10-3 (22-19). A11,571 (19,250). T2:21.

Kings 0 1 1 1 3
at Blue Jackets 0 2 0 0 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesCampbell, Clm (roughing), 9:21.

Second Period1, Columbus, Hartnell 11 (Foligno, Johansen), 2:32 (pp). 2, Columbus, Calvert 4 (Saad, Murray), 14:17. 3, Los Angeles, Ehrhoff 2, 17:38. PenaltiesForbort, LA (holding), 2:20; Bodnarchuk, Clm (high-sticking), 6:45; Lucic, LA (tripping), 19:07.

Third Period4, Los Angeles, Carter 11 (Lucic, Martinez), 18:33. PenaltiesMurray, Clm (slashing), :44.

Overtime5, Los Angeles, Martinez 4 (Shore, Brown), 4:33. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalLos Angeles 8-15-16-2—41. Columbus 5-6-10-2—23. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 0 of 3; Columbus 1 of 2. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 15-7-1 (23 shots-21 saves). Columbus, Bobrovsky (34-33), McElhinney 0-4-1 (14:12 third, 7-5). A15,633 (18,144). T2:37. Referees—Chris Rooney, Jon McIsaac. LinesmenRyan Gibbons, Matt MacPherson.

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