The Stat Line Of The Night – 12/29/10 – Rick DiPietro
There were some pretty terrific individual performances coming from the two major sports leagues that were active last night. The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade put up an impressive 45 points and 7 rebounds in a win against the Rockets, while Memphis’ Zach Randolph recorded 35 points and 17 rebounds in a losing cause. And then there was the Detroit Red Wings’ Patrick Eaves, who notched his first career hat-trick and added an assist during a 7-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. All impressive showings, but this night belonged to New York Islanders’ goaltender Rick DiPietro, not only for what he accomplished, but for what he prevented a member of the opposition to accomplish.
In his past 25 games, no team has been able to keep the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby off the score sheet. DiPietro and the Islanders were not about to become victim number twenty-six on that list. Crosby has had plenty of success in the past when playing the Isles (62 points in 32 games), but last night that all changed thanks to the strong play of DiPietro. The 29 year-old former first overall pick made 37 saves on 38 shots, including two off the stick of Crosby, as he not only held the league’s leading scorer off the score sheet for the first time since November 3rd, but he also guided his team to a 2-1 shootout victory.
Crosby’s point streak was the NHL’s longest in 18 years, and for taking it down and earning a win in the process, Rick DiPietro receives our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, December 29, 2010.