UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Islanders captain Doug Weight is back in the New York lineup after a bout with swine flu.
The 38-year-old center confirmed Wednesday, hours before he made his return to the ice after a three-game absence, that he was bedridden with the virus after being diagnosed eight days earlier. Weight is at least the fourth NHL player to be diagnosed with the H1N1 virus in the past week.
Weight was deemed to be no longer contagious after five days.
"I wasn't scared at all. It was the flu as far as I'm concerned," Weight said before the Islanders played the New York Rangers. "The only difference for myself, first and foremost, was I have three kids and a wife that I live with.
"I was fine but you want to make sure you don't bring it to their schools, to this building, to my teammates and my house."