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Save of the Night - Rick DiPietro (February 2nd)

Rick DiPietro, Brent Johnson

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Brent Johnson (1) knocks New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro to the ice with a punch in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. The Penguins shut out the Islanders 3-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

It was a rough night for New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, no doubt.

He went from grinning and giddy about getting into a goalie fight to being dropped with a single punch by Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Brent Johnson. Now that clip will likely run any time a goalie fight takes place.

So the video clip in this post - a solid stop by DiPietro - will probably fade much faster. Still, to be fair, it was probably the best save of a wild Wednesday night. So at least there’s that, right, Ricky D?
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