DiPietro starts three nights after sustaining eye injury
DiPietro was struck in the right eye Saturday by the stick of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby in the second period of New York's 3-2 victory. After examinations at Nassau Coliseum and in the office of the team ophthalmologist that night, the 26-year-old netminder was cleared to practice Monday.
He came through that OK and reported no problems after the morning skate Tuesday so he made his seventh straight start when the Islanders faced the Rangers.
DiPietro made 28 saves in the Islanders' 3-2 victory that snapped the Rangers' four-game winning streak.
In other injury news, Isles defenseman-forward Aaron Johnson, who sprained his right knee in practice Monday, will be out for six weeks.
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