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Isles giving all six goaltenders a good look

Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 1:00 PM
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New York Islanders - Training Camp 2011
Isles giving all six goaltenders a good look

After goaltender Rick DiPietro made 20-of-22 saves in 40 minutes of play in the Islanders first exhibition game of the 2011 preseason, once again, the media addressed the six goaltenders at training camp.

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said that he “puts a lot of faith” in goaltending coach Mike Dunham and said that he thinks the competition is healthy. However, if management decides to start the season with three goaltenders on the roster, Capuano said that will be okay.

“Our goalies are always on the ice prior to practice and getting a lot of reps,” Capuano said. “The guy that’s not playing, if we do have three, one guy gets his own net and the other guys can share, but right now it’s day-by-day, we’ll just see what happens.”

Capuano did like what he saw from DiPietro in his first game back after a healthy off season.

“It was great to see Ricky play well last night,” Capuano said. “He was confident. He was aggressive. His angles were good. His goalie touches were good. So it’s really the first summer that Ricky has had a chance to come in fresh, healthy, but it’s a good problem to have when you have guys that can stop the puck.

DiPietro was glad to get the first game under him and said he’s feeling great.

“It was good to get back for the first game, always exciting, especially going back to Boston,” DiPietro said. “I thought the team played well at the start, unfortunately we weren’t able to finish it out there in the third period, but I think there are some positives we can pull from that game and move forward.”

There are just a few things he’d like to address about his game before puck drop on Opening Night.

“It was the first exhibition game, so there are obviously some things that you’d like to tighten up and work on,” DiPietro said. “That’s all stuff that will come with more repetition, puck handling and exchanges with the defenseman. Overall, I felt pretty good. I just want to continue to get better and better here as we get to the start of the season.”

Al Montoya will get the start between the pipes at home tonight against the Devils, but Kevin Poulin will also see some time. Expect Evgeni Nabokov to play as early as Tuesday when the Islanders travel to Calgary.

To read our story from last week on the six-goaltenders at camp, click here.

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J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
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