Injury to DP not bad
BY ALAN HAHN
January 1, 2006
There's some positive news in the midst of some negative times for
the Islanders, losers of four straight.
Goalie Rick DiPietro's knee injury, which knocked him out of Friday's
4-3 loss in Ottawa, has been diagnosed as a mild sprain. He is listed
as day-to-day, which means he is at least questionable for tomorrow's
game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Coliseum.
It is more likely that veteran Garth Snow will get the start against
the defending Stanley Cup champions. Snow came in for DiPietro at
6:29 of the first period and finished with 28 saves. One save came on
a penalty shot by Peter Schaefer.
Snow said he is ready to handle whatever comes his way as a result of
DiPietro's injury. "I don't know if it's a day or 30 days," he
said. "Whatever it is, I'll be ready and help this team win."
DiPietro has missed two games this season because of injuries. He was
out Nov. 1 against Boston with a bruised knee and Oct. 15 in
Philadelphia with a concussion. He was hurt in Friday's game when
Bryan Smolinski fell over his extended left leg after being knocked
down by Islanders defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. On the play, the
Senators scored their only goal against DiPietro.
Zhitnik also was injured later on a play involving Smolinski. He slid
hard into the wall and bruised his tailbone after taking a hit from
Smolinski. But Zhitnik is expected to be ready to play tomorrow.
Coach Steve Stirling made alternate captain Brad Lukowich a healthy
scratch against Ottawa, then benched captain Alexei Yashin for most
of the third period after what he called a lazy penalty.
"We're healthy now," Stirling said. "Everyone's got to earn their
Notes & quotes: Despite a breakfast one-on-one with GM Mike Milbury
on game day, Miroslav Satan was virtually invisible against the
Senators and did not make a single shot on goal for the first time
Lightning at Islanders
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