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Save of the night: Rick DiPietro stuffs Kris Letang on a penalty shot

Rick DiPietro, John Tavares

New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, left, is congratulated by center John Tavares after their 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils in an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


Safe to say that Rick DiPietro was locked in the “zone” last night. DiPietro made 37 saves on the way to leading the Islanders to a 2-1 shootout win over Pittsburgh. There was no one save bigger than the one he had on Kris Letang in the third period.

During a goal mouth scramble, the Islanders were doing their best to keep Pittsburgh off the board and prevent them from taking the lead. They even went so far as to have a defenseman handle the puck in the crease. That’s a big no-no and the Penguins were awarded a penalty shot with just over seven minutes to play in the game.

Letang, a slick shooter on the penalty shot in his own right, did his best to fake out DiPietro but it was not meant to be and DiPietro made sure to preserve the game for the Isles.
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