Islanders's Rick DiPietro Gets Start Against Bruins

Boston, MAJack Capuano has decided to rest Evgeni Nabokov and give Rick DiPietro his first start of the season.

The move makes sense in as much as Nabokov is needed for the duration of the road trip, and a back-to-back may very well injury or overly-exert this much needed netminder.

DiPietro hasn’t seen ice time since December of 2011, and played only 8 games that entire season as he was sidelined with an array of injuries the nature of which the whole of hockey is more than informed.

DiPietro’s last win against the Bruins came on November 26th, 2007, (his last win in Beantown was in January of 2011, thank you very much @jessespector) when Richard Park (remember this guy?) scored the game-winner late in the third period. DiPietro went on to make 20 saves that night despite collading with Glen Metropolit as reported by Petter Botte of the Daily News:

DiPietro, who made 20 saves in his 19th start in 20 games, claimed to be “fine”  despite wobbling on his skates following a late collision behind the net with  Boston’s Glen Metropolit.
(Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rick-dipietro-islanders-beat-boston-bruins-2-1-split-home-and-home-article-1.256857#ixzz2J0WD4TsM)

I quoted this article to accentuate a point: I truly had to Google the last time DiPietro had some semblance of a steady streak, winning percentage, etc. due to his unfortunate sproadic starts. And if you’re looking for DiPi trash talk, go elsewhere. I’m just stating the obvious for dramatic effect or something along those lines. Hope it didn’t fail.

Somehow the Islanders and DiPietro have to make this relationship work before it’s all said and done. I’m sorry if any of you feel otherwise. Not in the business of kicking people while they’re down, especially if it’s a constant state of affairs [injuries, bad luck] as is the case with the beleagured Rick DiPietro.

Yes, it’s the contract that ticks people off. I get it. But aside from amnesty, the only other alternative is have Ricky play until he completely breaks (his call of course) and before he exits the stage prove his worth as a hockey player, then as a hockey player with an expensive contract. So, I’m ‘rooting’ for him, because if he fails the Isles fail, and that can’t happen any more.

So, get it out of your system now, like I did, and support this man. For without him tonight the Bruins will surely put the hurt on in the worst way.

And in the spirit of rejuvenation, second/third/fourth/fifth chances, and a truncated season, this may be DiPietro’s year!

(See how easy that was?!)

–RD

Follow Rich Diaz @eyesonisles

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