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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Hockey legend says DiPietro has emerged as "one of the best goalies in the league"

During interviews in the aftermath of the Islanders' victory over his Coyotes on Thursday, Phoenix coach and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky marveled at the play of Rick DiPietro.

"DiPietro is having an all-star season for the Islanders," said Gretzky. "I had heard from our scouts that he has been remarkable and, of course, the tapes we watched in preparation for our game against the Islanders proved the point. He was probably the biggest reason why the Islanders beat us on Thursday.

"He's an exciting player, a guy who plays with some flair and the fans love," added The Great One. "DiPietro's been a very good player for a while but he has really matured. He's really coming into his own. He's a legitimate all-star and one of the best goalies in the league."

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