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by Paul on 03/07/08 at 01:18 PM ET
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
DiPietro’s mediocre stats since the All-Star break suggested he needed an extended rest to refresh mind and body. He made 14 straight starts until the unfortunate death of his grandmother necessarily forced him to take time off to grieve with his family and to attend the wake and the funeral.
The way it works out now, DiPietro will have had a full week off plus two full practices and a pre-game skate to work out the kinks before he returns to net tomorrow night in Philadelphia. And to listen to Nolan after the Rangers loss, the last 13 games belong to DiPietro, barring injury or poor performance.
“Now, he’s got two practices,” Nolan said, including today’s session, “and he’ll run with it from here on in.”
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