OTTAWA (AP) -New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro sat out against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night because of a stiff neck and overall soreness, ending his career-high streak of 18 straight starts.
DiPietro was injured Tuesday during a mid-ice collision with Montreal Canadiens forward Steve Begin. The 25-year-old DiPietro left that game in the first period and didn't return.
He didn't skate with the Islanders on Thursday morning and is listed as day to day. Mike Dunham got the start, while Wade Dubielewicz - recalled Wednesday from Bridgeport of the AHL - served as the backup.
DiPietro was struck on the head by Begin's leg after the goalie chased down a loose puck at the Islanders blue line to prevent a breakaway in New York's 5-3 loss to the Canadiens.
Dunham made his first start since Feb. 1, when he stopped 30 shots in a 5-2 win in Atlanta. Dunham played in only five previous games since Dec. 15, including Tuesday when he made 27 saves after replacing DiPietro.
DiPietro, the first goalie ever chosen No. 1 in the NHL draft, is enjoying his finest season. After signing a landmark, 15-year contract with the Islanders in September, DiPietro has hit the 30-win mark for the second straight season with a 2.59 goals-against average.