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Islanders' DiPietro a game-time decision on Thursday

MONTREAL -- Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro has a stiff neck
and is a game-time decision for New York's game in Ottawa on
Thursday.

DiPietro left Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Montreal with 4:19 remaining
in the opening period after he collided with Canadiens forward
Steve Begin. DiPietro was chasing down a loose puck at the
Islanders blue line to prevent a breakaway when Begin's leg hit the
goalie in the head.

DiPietro has made 18 straight starts and traveled with the team
to Ottawa on Wednesday.

"One thing about Ricky is that he's a fierce competitor,"
Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "Right off, Ricky said 'I'll be
ready for the next one.' He's a warrior, so we'll bring him [to
Ottawa] and see what happens from there."

Mike Dunham made 27 saves against the Canadiens and took the
loss. The Islanders also recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from
Bridgeport.