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Rick DiPietro hears it from fans after allowing goal

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Jeff Halpern #15 of the Washington Capitals is about to land on New York Islanders goalkeeper Rick DiPietro #39. (Nov. 5, 2011) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Rick DiPietro said he heard the chants of his own team's fans after the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin wired a one-timed slap shot between DiPietro's pads with 1:19 left in the first period Saturday night.

The chants were for Al Montoya, who backed up DiPietro for a third straight game. As it turned out, DiPietro got the win after allowing three goals on 28 shots. "I heard it a little bit," he said. "It is what it is."

Despite recording his first win, DiPietro probably had his worst game of the four he's appeared in during the last 10 days. Montoya, who last played in Tampa on Oct. 19, has a 2.02 goals-against average and looked sharp in his four games, but Evgeni Nabokov and then DiPietro worked their way into the rotation. Nabokov still is recovering from a lower-body injury and did not dress.

Overall, the Isles' goaltending has been far from the liability most thought it would be. Even if their fans don't agree with Jack Capuano's choices.


Pipe bursts at Coliseum

A water pipe burst just before the opening faceoff and forced the closure of two sections of the Coliseum. A team spokesman said fans were re-seated in various sections around the arena. The pipe was above sections 305 and 306 and started leaking about an hour before the start. Damage was not immediately determined. The Isles don't play at home again until Nov. 15.

Mottau sits out again

Capuano altered his forward lines but kept his same six defensemen for a fourth straight game, which left Mike Mottau as the healthy scratch again . . . RW Nino Niederreiter had an assist in his second game with AHL Bridgeport.

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