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PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux was hospitalized Wednesday for observation of an

irregular heartbeat, general manager Craig Patrick said.


Lemieux will be monitored overnight in the undisclosed hospital and won't play Thursday night against the Minnesota

Wild. The team said his playing status will be day to day after that.


According to Patrick, Lemieux reported having an irregular heartbeat after practice.


"We thought the best precaution was to have him enter the hospital for observation,'' Patrick said.


The 40-year-old Lemieux recently missed two games because of what the team described as the stomach flu, but it was not

immediately known if an illness that he said lingered for days was related to his latest problem.


The Hall of Fame center has had numerous medical problems during a career that began in 1984, including a bout with

Hodgkin's disease in 1993 that was partly responsible for him sitting out the 1994-95 season for medical reasons.


Lemieux also has been sidelined for long periods with back and hip problems, and he missed more than half of the

Penguins' 1990-91 Stanley Cup championship season with severe lower back pain. After retiring for 3“ years, he returned in

December 2000 and has played since, but missed large portions of the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons with hip injuries.


Lemieux had seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 25 games this season, and recently had a four-game streak

without a point that was the longest of his career.

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This sucks, but it's the perfect time to give Adam "Cake-Eater" Banks the callup. The guy has all the talent in the world and a line including Banksy and Crosby is just sick.

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