Rick DiPietro gives up five goals, gets yanked in AHL debut

Rick DiPietro gave up five goals on 12 shots in his first game since being sent down. (Getty Images)
Rick DiPietro gave up five goals on 12 shots in his first game since being sent down. (Getty Images)

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Rick DiPietro made his first start with the American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers since being placed on and clearing waivers last week. It did not go well.

In his first 20 minutes of action Friday night, DiPietro allowed five goals on just 12 shots to the Connecticut Whale.

With Bridgeport trailing 5-0 after the first period, DiPietro was replaced by Kenny Reiter for the start of the second.

Perhaps this was a predictable result after the week DiPietro has had.

On Thursday, DiPietro admitted to facing difficult times over the last few seasons and bouts with depression. He also later backtracked on comments he made about contemplating suicide, saying they were made facetiously.

Backtracking aside, it was a sobering reminder of the sometimes crushing pressure professional athletes can face, especially when their abilities go south.

The oft-injured DiPietro has been the subject of ire due to his massive 15-year, $67.5- million contract. In a career that has been marked by far more valleys than peaks, tonight’s start is another forgettable low.

The mounting pressure of making that kind of money for that long, the bad luck of continually getting injured and being part of a losing franchise can certainly take its toll. The last few years have made it difficult to remember that DiPietro is a former first overall pick and was a solid NHL goaltender before the injuries piled up.

This is an unfortunate stumble out of the gates if DiPietro hopes to write a comeback story.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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