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Not a repeat: Rick DiPietro leaves practice early after taking shot in the mask

Oct 12, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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Brace yourselves for this one everyone: Rick DiPietro left Islanders practice early today after being shaken up by a shot in the mask.

We know, this kind of earth-shattering news might make you stop in your tracks wondering if up is still up and down is still down. Arthur Staple of New York Newsday reports that it was a Brian Rolston slap shot to the head that did the trick for DiPietro this time and that his old school style mask bore the brunt of the blow. DiPietro had to switch to the old mask after he had his lights knocked out by Penguins goalie Brent Johnson last season.

Isles coach Jack Capuano said that DiPietro appeared to be OK. We know how these things go with DiPietro, however.

At some point you have to wonder if DiPietro’s house was built on an old cemetery or if he happened to make his Long Island home in Amityville in a certain horror house there. Fortunately for the Islanders, goaltending depth isn’t a worry this season as Al Montoya has started their first two games this season and looked brilliant all while Evgeni Nabokov waits in the wings as their third goalie.

DiPietro had yet to get in a game this year. We’ll see if this shot to the mask keeps him on the sidelines for any amount of time. In the meantime, DiPietro should avoid black cats, walking under ladders, and getting near any mirrors.

  1. jpelle82 - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    glass jaw acting up again?

  2. bigbear42 - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    DiPietro should just retire now before he becomes a bubble-boy

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Management only has themselves to blame. Signing anyone to a mortgage-like deal is always risky.

  4. spizzjr - Oct 12, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Yay good news for isles fans go Monty and nabby

  5. kappy32 - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    I said if right after the first game, Cappy should have played DiPietro over Montoya because it was only a matter of time before DP was lost for a while. I’m going to go out on a limb here & guess that he will be sidelined with bruised nose cartilage that will somehow, someway result in his arthritic knees acting up in a month or so. Or maybe he’ll go play tough guy & go get his face bashed in again (BTW, goalie fighting in NHL ’12 is absolutely awesome; I fight with DP at least once every other game).

  6. cosanostra71 - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    I feel bad for the guy because of all the injuries. But management should have known better.

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