'Before a much-anticipating crowd of 14,248, DiPietro provided them hope for the future by making 29 saves, and adding an assist, to boot. But by providing little offensive support, the Islanders failed to get him a win, dropping a tight 2-1 decision to Buffalo.'
Archives for January 2001
'The Islanders lost, 2-1, in front of a crowd of 14,248. But DiPietro, the first overall selection in last June's draft, played well. Well enough to calm the nerves of general manager Mike Milbury, who took the risk of selecting the then-Boston University freshman and trading heralded prospect Roberto Luongo the same day.'
'"We answered the bell right away after they scored that goal," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We found a way to win."'
'Highly touted rookie Rick DiPietro squeezed as much as possible into his NHL debut — except a win.'
'Sure, backups Roman Cechmanek and Evgeni Nabokov have better numbers in most categories and their time will come. But if this is indeed Hasek's last season (a subject he's not touching right now), then Hasek should be there. It's the fourth consecutive year he's been voted in and, while the public doesn't always get it right, they did this time.'