Islanders' goaltender Rick DiPietro
has been named the NHL's Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 12. He led the Islanders to three victories with a 0.95 goals-against average and .966 save percentage.
DiPietro began the week by making 30 saves in a 2-1 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils March 7. He turned aside 22 shots in a 2-1 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs March 10 and finished the week by making 32 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on March 11.
DiPietro is 24-17-4 with a 3.17 goals-against average and .896 save percentage in 49 games this season.