DiPietro is recalled from AHL Bridgeport, where he was an All-Star, and on Dec. 20 beats the Minnesota Wild 4-2 for his first NHL win since March 20, 2001. Behind Chris Osgood and Garth Snow on the depth chart, he finishes the season 2-5-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .894 save pct. in 10 appearances. The Islanders make the playoffs, but fall in five games to Ottawa in the first round. DiPietro makes his postseason debut in relief, making three saves and allowing no goals in 15 minutes of action in Game Two.