NEW YORK — Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is out 4-6 weeks with broken bones in his face caused by the punch of Penguins goalie Brent Johnson. The fight was part of a melee involving all of the players on the ice with 16.5 seconds left Wednesday.
It's the latest in a long list of injuries for DiPietro, the No. 1 overall pick in 2000 who is in Year 5 of a 15-year, $67.5 million deal. He has played 21 games this season because of a surgically repaired left knee and groin injury and 13 over the previous two seasons because of the knee.
"You keep telling yourself that everything happens for a reason," DiPietro said. "I am not sure what that reason is yet. But hopefully at some point, it will come to the surface. It will make winning the Stanley Cup that much sweeter."
DiPietro said he doesn't regret the fight.
"I didn't realize at the time that his arms were so long or that he could throw such a hard left punch," he said. "But I found both of those out pretty quickly."
Suspension: Bruins wing Daniel Paille will miss four games for Thursday's blindside hit to the head and shoulder of Stars wing Raymond Sawada. He is the fifth player suspended during this season's crackdown on dangerous hits. The Leafs' Mike Brown and Coyotes' Shane Doan got three games and Islanders' Matt Martin and Sharks' Joe Thornton two. Sawada is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
Around the league: Stars wings Adam Burish and Krys Barch are out indefinitely with facial injuries sustained during fights in the opening minutes Thursday against the Bruins. … Canucks standout defenseman Sami Salo went to the minors for conditioning and might return next week. Salo tore an Achilles' tendon in July while playing floor hockey. … Blues top goalie Jaroslav Halak is day to day with an upper-body injury.
Game highlights: Down 2-0, the host Penguins scored three goals in a span of 3:14 to beat the Sabres 3-2 for their fifth consecutive win. But Pittsburgh again lost star center Evgeni Malkin. He returned after missing five games with a left knee injury and sinus infection but sustained what the team called only a lower-body injury on a second-period collision with Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers. His status hasn't been determined. … Steve Mason, who allowed 10 goals over his previous three games, made 34 saves as the visiting Blue Jackets beat the Red Wings 3-0. During Mason's career of two-plus seasons, three of his 17 shutouts have come against Detroit. … Rostislav Olesz scored 2:00 into overtime to give the visiting Panthers a 4-3 win over the Devils, who entered 8-2 in their previous 10.
First Period—1, Buffalo, Gaustad 6 (Niedermayer), :17. 2, Buffalo, Grier 3 (Niedermayer, Gaustad), 7:03. Penalties—Weber, Buf (roughing), 15:34; Kunitz, Pit (roughing), 15:34; Hecht, Buf (high-sticking), 19:21.
Second Period—3, Pittsburgh, Jeffrey 4 (Conner, Goligoski), 3:50. 4, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 9 (Michalek), 6:24. 5, Pittsburgh, Cooke 10 (Staal, Dupuis), 7:04. Penalties—Myers, Buf (roughing), 4:10; Montador, Buf (roughing), 10:19; Leopold, Buf (holding), 10:19; Cooke, Pit, minor-misconduct (roughing), 10:19; Letang, Pit (goaltender interference), 11:10; Morrisonn, Buf (cross-checking), 14:05.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Ennis, Buf (high-sticking), 11:06. Shots on Goal—Buffalo 10-6-13—29. Pittsburgh 14-17-8—39. Power-play opportunities—Buffalo 0 of 1; Pittsburgh 0 of 5. Goalies—Buffalo, Miller 21-15-4 (39 shots-36 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 25-11-2 (29-27). A—18,315 (18,087).
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First Period—1, Columbus, Vermette 12 (Calvert, Umberger), 12:29. Penalties—Hudler, Det (holding), 6:02; Umberger, Clm (interference), 7:57; Brassard, Clm (goaltender interference), 13:21.
Second Period—2, Columbus, Boll 6 (Murray, MacKenzie), 13:11. Penalties—MacKenzie, Clm (goaltender interference), 5:42; Bertuzzi, Det (goaltender interference), 7:24; Franzen, Det (hooking), 9:36; Vermette, Clm (tripping), 16:33; Hejda, Clm (boarding), 17:27.
Third Period—3, Columbus, Murray 4 (Vermette, Hejda), 18:48 (en). Penalties—Clitsome, Clm (tripping), 3:05. Shots on Goal—Columbus 9-7-8—24. Detroit 8-14-12—34. Power-play opportunities—Columbus 0 of 3; Detroit 0 of 6. Goalies—Columbus, Mason 16-13-2 (34 shots-34 saves). Detroit, Howard 25-9-3 (23-21). A—20,066 (20,066).
First Period—1, Florida, Higgins 9 (Bernier, Ellerby), 6:52. 2, New Jersey, Zajac 8, 8:52. 3, New Jersey, Arnott 13 (Tallinder, Tedenby), 11:01. 4, Florida, Wideman 7 (Booth, Frolik), 12:35 (pp). Penalties—White, NJ (cross-checking), 11:11; Wideman, Fla (holding), 16:40.
Second Period—5, New Jersey, Fayne 3 (Zajac, Kovalchuk), 6:20. Penalties—Hedberg, NJ, served by Zubrus (tripping), 7:53; Bernier, Fla (roughing), 18:24.
Third Period—6, Florida, Santorelli 14, 12:52 (sh). Penalties—Garrison, Fla (slashing), 12:07.
Overtime—7, Florida, Olesz 5 (Dvorak), 2:00. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Florida 6-11-10-1—28. New Jersey 8-12-8-3—31. Power-play opportunities—Florida 1 of 2; New Jersey 0 of 3. Goalies—Florida, Vokoun 18-17-3 (31 shots-28 saves). New Jersey, Hedberg 6-10-2 (28-24). A—13,557 (17,625).