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How rare is it for an Islanders goalie to play 60 games?

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Rick DiPietro
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Rick DiPietro: 63 (2007-08), 63 (2005-06), 62 (2006-07)

Being selected first overall in the 2000 Draft and signing a landmark15-year-contract is what most remember about Rick DiPietro. Yet it can be easy to forget or simply overlook just how much of a workhorse he was for the franchise as his young career was taking shape.  After playing 50 games and taking over as the team’s No. 1 in 2003-04, DiPietro was in net for 60+ games three consecutive seasons starting in 2005-06, the only Islanders goaltender to reach the 60 GP mark more than once, making the All-Star team in 2006-07.

Following the 2007-08 season, DiPietro had hip and knee surgery during the off-season before undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in November to repair a meniscus injury. The team decided to shut him down in January after swelling and soreness in his left knee persisted. DiPietro would never be able to return to full health and played in just 50 games over the next five seasons after three consecutive seasons of over 60.

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