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Penguins lose Dupuis for season to knee injury

Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins is pictured December 21, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins is pictured December 21, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Pascal Dupuis is expected to miss the remainder of the National Hockey League season after suffering a right knee injury, the team said Friday.

The 34-year-old Canadian has 182 career goals in 837 NHL appearances with Minnesota, Atlanta, the New York Rangers and the Penguins, including seven in 39 games this season.

Dupuis will undergo surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament after being hurt Monday at Ottawa when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby fell into Dupuis' knee after being hip checked by Senators defenseman Marc Methot.

"Pascal Dupuis will be going for ACL knee surgery in a couple of weeks and is out indefinitely," Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said. "The timetable is likely that he will be out for the remainder of the season, but we will see after the surgery in a couple of weeks."

Dupuis, who signed a four-year deal worth $15 million before the season began, will be mised off the ice as well as alongside Crosby.

"There's a lot that he brings," Bylsma said. "He is also a big part of that dressing room. That is part of what we will miss from Pascal."

The Penguins also activated defenseman Brooks Orpik, who has not played due to a concussion since being punched in the head December 7 by Boston's Shawn Thornton, and left wing Tanner, who has been out since November 23 with a broken hand.

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