17 January 2010
The "DP" Chants started well before the drop of the puck and continued throughout the game. Last night marked Rick Dipietro's first start on home ice in nearly 13 months, so needless to say he wanted to show the home town crowd hes still got it. He was tested early and often in the beginning of the first make several saves, although leaving many rebounds for the Sabres to put back in. Lucky for him his teammates were there to pick up the lose pucks. With solid D in their own zone the Islanders scored the first goal of the game at 5:38 of the first courtesy of John Tavares. Tavares broke his nine game goal-less streak scoring just his second goal in 17 games.
In the second The Islanders would add to their lead, Andrew MacDonald made a beautiful pass to Bergenhiem who redirected past Olympic net minder, Ryan Miller. The good times would come to a screeching halt just 30 seconds later as Mike Grier would slip one past Dipietro to bring the Sabres back with one.
The third would come with controversy and heart break, Richard Park got a shot past Miller to give a 3-1 lead. But wait, the ref waived it off on what was called goaltender interference. As replay showed from every angle that the call on the ice was a bad one and Richard Park was robbed of a goal, (not a good week for NHL officials). Then at 9:35 Drew Stafford tied the game forcing OT and then a shoot out. In the End Ricky got his first win and the Islanders got a much needed 2 points.
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