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DiPietro's season ends prematurely for second year in a row

Updated: March 19, 2008, 1:47 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro will be shut down for the rest of the season and undergo hip surgery for the second time in two seasons.

The operation was scheduled for Wednesday in Vail, Colo. According to Newsday, the procedure would take place at the Steadman Clinic.

DiPietro is finishing the second season of a landmark 15-year contract. This marks the second straight year that the team's 26-year-old goalie needs hip surgery. The left one was operated on after ...

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