Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro in action against the Pittsburgh Penguins....

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro in action against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Dec. 29, 2010) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Goalie Rick DiPietro, after another full practice since returning from a concussion and with the potential of getting his first action in Pittsburgh Thursday night, dismissed any notion that the game would have echoes of last February’s events there — when DiPietro challenged Penguins goalie Brent Johnson and ended up with a broken bone in his face.

It’s nothing to even think about, DiPietro said. “Absolutely not. It was last season. It was a loss. Move on. I got bigger things to worry about than that.”

Islanders’ coach Jack Capuano brought all three goalies on the trip and will announce his starter Thursday morning.
 

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