Rick DiPietro 'Bright Eyed' After All These Years: 'I've Learned the Hard Way'

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Rick DiPietro 'Bright Eyed' After All These Years: 'I've Learned the Hard Way'
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It is not a coincidence that the last time the New York Islanders made the playoffs was the last time that Rick DiPietro had a good, generally healthy season. It was 2006-07 when the goaltender went 32-19-9 with a .919 save percentage and 2.58 goals against average. The next season, DiPietro got off to a hot start and made it to the All-Star Game.

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