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DiPietro falls short in first NHL start in 419 days

Jan 25, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 25: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck enroute to scoring a goal against goalie Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders at the TD Garden on January 25, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro returned to his Massachusetts roots to take on the Bruins in Boston on Friday, but it was more than just a homecoming for the 31-year-old goaltender.

Injuries limited DiPietro to just 47 games over the previous four seasons and going into this contest, he hadn’t played in the NHL since Dec. 3, 2011.

The Islanders fell 4-2 and DiPietro only managed to save 23 shots, but Islanders coach Jack Capuano stuck up for him after the contest.

“We had some guys that could’ve played a bit better, that could’ve stepped it up. Rick played well and kept us in the game,” Capuano said.

DiPietro was feeling great physically going into the shortened season, but his path to redemption is an uphill climb. 37-year-old goaltender Evgeni Nabokov started in the Islanders’ first three contests and should maintain the number one gig this season unless DiPietro can wrestle it away from him.

  1. soj83 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    the Campbell goal was bad luck for DiPietro, bounced of a d-mans foot, right to Campbell. Chara’s goal was a complete screen. Bergeron’s goal was a breakaway move that seems to work every time. Can’t say DiPietro played bad, the Isles were just outplayed in the 3rd period.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    At least his hair didn’t.

  3. broadstbully33 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Did he play the whole game?

    • bcisleman - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Until the last minute or two when he was pulled for an extra skater, yes.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    See you in another 419 days!

  5. tuberippin - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    As an Isles fan, I’ve thought of “Faberge” DiPietro as a sunk cost for three or four years now. Any games we get out of him at this point are just gravy.Fragile, breakable gravy.

  6. bcisleman - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I have been as hard on RDP as anyone but, contrary to the tone of the article, I thought he played a solid game. I did not see any soft goals and he made a few good saves. If he can play at least this well on a consistent basis and stay healthy, it would be a great benefit to the franchise. He might, at minimum, help transition Poulin and Nilsson into the NHL.

    • newyorkislanderfancentral - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      See, this is what I told you after many past similar games where the stats did not reflect his play. You wanted no part of it.

      Moving forward many will look at his save percentage last night and claim he played poorly. You can bet the writer did not even watch the game and had his tone decided well in advance.

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    “Dipietro falls” would’ve provided better fodder for conversation.

  8. rgledz - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I think they should offer him a 15 year extension…….just makes sense if you ask me.

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