DiPietro gets ko’ed against the Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Islanders veteran goalie, Rick DiPietro, lost more than just a hockey game on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. DiPietro, who has struggled mightily with a 7-9-4 record in what has been another injury filled season, suffered an all- time low when Penguins backup goalie, Brent Johnson, fought and knocked him out with only 16.5 seconds remaining, in what was a Penguins 3-0 win. “The guys didn’t know I had that little mean streak in me,” said Johnson, who made 20 saves in earning his 14th career shutout. “It was something I’ve kind of wanted to do for a while. Maybe it’s just a little bit of frustration about some things.” This fight occurred right after DiPietro hit Penguins forward Matt Cooke, who was skating past the frustrated goalie. Without even hesitating Johnson, who has never been in a goalie fight, skated down the ice and began fighting DiPietro at the blue line. Needless to say, Johnson earned lots of praise from his teammates. “Johnny was sick,” Penguins starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “He’s a righty, first of all, and he goes in as a lefty. That was awesome. He was so calm … so relaxed. It was just boom! His expression never changed. It was just boom, and that was it.” Johnson ended up knocking down DiPietro with a straight left to the head. “I didn’t intend to hurt anyone or anything,” Johnson said. “It was just a lucky punch.” More importanlty for the Penguins is that they won their fourth straight game and seven of their past eight games. Scoring for Pittsburgh was Tyler Kennedy, Chris Kunitz and Max Talbot. Even without Crosby not in the lineup, the Penguins have improved to 7-2-1.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/gameflash/2011/02/02/27243_recap.html#ixzz1CxtGJTOk

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/gameflash/2011/02/02/27243_recap.html#ixzz1CxspFpH1

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