Goalie to return to practice Monday

Updated: October 16, 2005, 11:18 PM ET
Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro will return to practice on Monday, four days after he sustained a concussion.

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DiPietro was injured during Thursday night's 5-3 win at Washington when he was hit in the head by Jeff Halpern's leg as DiPietro was diving for a loose puck midway through the second period.

"He looks good and feels well," Islanders general manager Mike Milbury said Sunday. "He has been cleared to play by our doctors."

Garth Snow replaced DiPietro -- and got the win -- against the Capitals and then started Saturday at Philadelphia, making 41 saves in a 5-1 loss to the Flyers.

"If it wasn't for Garth, it might have been 20-1," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said.

New York sent Wade Dubielewicz back to AHL Bridgeport. Dubielewicz served as Snow's backup on Saturday night.

The Islanders will practice on Monday and Tuesday before starting a home-and-home series against the Rangers on Wednesday.


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