Goalie fight! I got all pumped up when I saw that New York Islanders goalkeeper Rick DiPietro and Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Brent Johnson had traded blows Wednesday night. Then I check out the video and this happened:
That's a one-punch knockdown for Johnson. Easily the most disappointing goalie fight in the history of the National Hockey League.
The fisticuffs apparently began in the final minute of New York's 3-0 loss to the Penguins. Johnson then skated across the ice to go after DiPietro. When he got there, he didn't mess around.
"The guys didn't know I had that little mean streak in me," said Johnson, who has 14 career shutouts, but had never fought in the NHL. "It was something I've kind of wanted to do for a while. Maybe it's just a little bit of frustration about some things."
DiPietro's face was visibly swollen with a welt after the game.
"It's a fight. Things happen," DiPietro said. "He's got long arms."
By the way, here is DiPietro's other NHL fight. He fared a whole lot better.