BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan all but confirmed that Rick DiPietro would be in goal for the Islanders in Game 2 of their playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
``Once he says he's in, I say he's in, he's in,'' Nolan said after Saturday morning's pregame skate. ``If he says he wants to play, he's going to play.''
DiPietro, who missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first game of the playoffs with a concussion, said he's ready to play.
``I feel good, I did everything I normally would before a game,'' DiPietro said. ``I'm ready to play, but it's Teddy's call.''
DiPietro, the first overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, tied an Islanders record with 32 victories this season. He went 32-19-9 with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.
DiPietro watched game 1 of the series from the press box as the Islanders dropped a 4-1 decision to the Sabres. Rookie Wade Dubielewicz, who won the final four games of the regular season to get the Islanders into the playoffs, made 31 saves against the Sabres.
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