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Goalie fight gone wrong: Rick DiPietro out 4-6 weeks with facial fractures, swelling in his knee

Feb 4, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

Rick DiPietro, Brent Johnson

It turns out that Brent Johnson hurt more than Rick DiPietro’s pride when he landed a one-punch knockout during their goalie fight on Wednesday night.

The New York Islanders report that their constantly injured netminder will miss four to six weeks with facial fractures from the punch, although the Islanders listed knee swelling as another reason why he will miss a big chunk of time.

While there is certainly some dark humor to the injury, it makes that resounding clip a little bit sad. Then again, DiPietro was probably being pretty foolish when he went into that fight, considering his health problems and previous concussion issues. (Something that Mike Milbury discussed earlier this week.)

This injury could spur the Islanders to make a move for a goalie at some point, although they missed their chance to claim Mike Smith off of waivers. It’s just been one of those years for a franchise that has had quite a few of “those years” and DiPietro is the embodiment of those struggles.

Here’s the video of that fight one more time.

  1. crosbyhasgonorrhea - Feb 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    DiPietro is an overpaid idiot. So Islanders have crap like this going on, and the one and only person following the team is getting banned. Go figure. Maybe Garth should spend a little less time worrying about what the internet says and go find some talent that can stay on the ice.

  2. govtminion - Feb 4, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    That ridiculous contract looks better every year, doesn’t it? You start wondering if monkeys could run the Isles better than Wang/Snow and co. at some point.

  3. macjacmccoy - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    I guess that makes whichever analyst it was on NHL Networks Post Game and Pre Game show who said it was a phantom punch and looked like Dipietro was taking a dive look like a real idiot. The dude broke his face its pretty hard to keep fighting after that.

  4. jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    lol…he didnt stand a chance against johnson…maybe he forgot it was johnson and not fleury down there.

  5. meeshka71 - Feb 4, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    What a retard.

  6. polegojim - Feb 4, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Justice is Served. He should be glad that Patrick Roy or Chris Osgood weren’t on the other end.

    He’d be done for the season with that week attempt at toughness.

    As my daddy always said: SON… DON’T START WHAT YOU CAN’T FINISH!

    • edstones - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:08 AM

      I would love to get a crack at Fleury’s teeth

    • govtminion - Feb 5, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      It’s Fleury. He’s probably done for the season anyway. Part of me is amazed he played as many games this year as he did before this.

  7. stdmachine - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    He probably accidentally has AIDS just like R.Alomar

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