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Capuano out of hospital, back behind Isles' bench

Monday, 01.21.2013 / 1:16 PM / News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Capuano out of hospital, back behind Isles' bench
Jack Capuano out of hospital, back behind New York Islanders' bench.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano returned to the bench Monday afternoon after missing the season opener due to a surgical procedure to remove a kidney stone.

The Islanders are playing the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Coliseum.

"I had a rough night before the game the other night, no question," Capuano said prior to the game. "My fever escalated to a point where I couldn't take it anymore with the infection, and I had to go [to the hospital]. But I got out [Sunday], and I feel much better today."

Capuano had to be driven to a local hospital by a team employee less than two hours before the Islanders played the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. He described the pain as being the most intense he's ever experienced and it was accompanied by a fever.

"It just got to the point where the fever was over 102, and the infection was greater," Capuano said. "They didn't want to take any chances. They took me in, and it was a good thing I did, according to the doctors who took care of me."

Capuano returned to practice Sunday, but did not go on the ice with the team. He said he's been taking antibiotics and has felt a sense of relief on the right side of his body since the surgery was performed.

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