THE TALK OF TEAM USA

Monday, 02.20.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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THE TALK OF TEAM USA
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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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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