MONTREAL (CP) - New York Islanders head coach Ted Nolan coined a new term in the lexicon of NHL injury reports Wednesday when he said starting goaltender Rick DiPietro was suffering from "general body soreness."
DiPietro left Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at 15:41 of the first period when Habs forward Steve Begin collided with him at full speed. Although Begin's leg slammed into DiPietro's head suggesting a concussion, Nolan took evasiveness over injuries to a new scale Wednesday.
"We have a good one here now, it's general body soreness," Nolan said. "It's not even upper body or lower body, it's general body soreness and he'll be day to day."
Nolan conceded after Tuesday night's game that DiPietro had suffered a blow to the head and that he was sent to hospital for tests, he went mum Wednesday after putting his team through an hour-long practice at the Bell Centre.
"We're just saying that he's just sore," Nolan said. "Soreness could mean that your toe hurts."
DiPietro remained in Montreal with the team overnight and travelled with them Wednesday to Ottawa, where the Islanders will square off against the Senators on Thursday.
Nolan did not rule out having his DiPietro in goal for that game, but he emphasized that he will take no risks in this case.
"One thing about Ricky is that he's a fierce competitor," Nolan said. "Right off, Ricky said 'I'll be ready for the next one.' He's a warrior, so we'll bring him (to Ottawa) and see what happens from there."
Tuesday's game was DiPietro's 18th straight start for the Islanders and he's posted a 10-3-4 record with a .934 save percentage over that span dating back to Feb. 3.
Mike Dunham was forced to come in and play for the first time since Feb. 1 and stopped 27 of 32 shots to take the loss. Dunham said DiPietro looked to be back to his old self Wednesday.
"It's good to see that he's OK and he's feeling good today," Dunham said. "His wisecrack remarks are back this morning, so I'm guessing he feels a lot better."