in nearly ten years -- start his first NHL game as the Islanders goaltender.
Rick DiPietro was the last to do it -on January 27, 2001 vs Buffalo (losing to
future teammate Martin Biron)
Wade Dubielewicz and Peter Mannino both made their NHL debuts for the Isles, but
both did so in relief. Dubie earned a win on 3/25/04 in Philly, replacing Garth
Snow after one period, while Mannino saw mop-up duty on 11/28/08 in Boston.
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