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Al Montoya gets Isles opening night start over Rick DiPietro and Evgeni Nabokov

Oct 8, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

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When you’ve got Rick DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov, and Al Montoya to choose from to start the first game of the year, you’ve just got to go with Al Montoya every time.

That’s apparently what Isles coach Jack Capuano thought as the Isles kick off their season tonight against the Panthers as Montoya gets the call to start in goal over his more experienced fellow goalies. Capuano says he’s “going with a gut feeling” in giving Montoya the start. It’s either that or he wants to prevent from seeing Rick DiPietro have a black cat cross his path on the way to the arena and end up getting broken in the process.

The Isles are rolling with the three-man rotation in goal so it’s not a shock that Montoya gets a start. But on their opening night in front of fired up Isles fans hopeful to see the team make a run at the playoffs, it’s a bit of a shock to not see either DiPietro or Nabokov get the call for the first game.

  1. spizzjr - Oct 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    MONTY MONTY MONTY !!!!!!!!!

  2. bcisleman - Oct 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    No surprise at all. Nabby has been dreadful pretty much every time he’s played since he ended his tenure with the Sharks in 2010. RDP hasn’t played well in several years. You Can Call Me Al has been rock solid in just about every game he’s played for the NYI.

  3. kappy32 - Oct 8, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Yeah, well that worked out real well. DiPietro is the best goalie on that team & Capuano might as well ride him as long as he can before the inevitable happens: one or both his knees give out.

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