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THE TALK OF TEAM USA

Monday, 02.20.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
New York Islanders
DiPietro in the Olympic Spotlight
Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro has started the last three games for Team USA, winning the first and losing the next two both by scores of 2-1. DiPietro has played well, answering all of the questions about the goaltending for Peter Laviolette's U.S. squad.
 
Still, Team USA's inability to finish in the offensive end means the spotlight continues on DiPietro, expected to start his fourth straight when Team USA plays Russia on Tuesday in its final regulation round game. Several of the sport's top writers -- including Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated and Jay Greenberg of the New York Post -- have written that it could come down to DiPietro having to post a shutout if Team USA is to bring home a medal. Wrote Ira Podell of the Associated Press, "Too bad Rick DiPietro can't defend one net and shoot at the other."
 
For DiPietro, it comes with the territory of being a No. 1 goaltender.
 
For a good example of the spotlight on DiPietro, read ESPN.com hockey columnist Scott Burnside's column here.

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