Being sent down to the minors had Rick DiPietro feeling "like someone ripped out my heart," the goaltender said Thursday.

DiPietro, in an interview with News 12, opened up about his struggles with injuries and being ridiculed by fans the past few seasons. He said he has thought about driving his car "into a tree, off the Throgs Neck Bridge."

When reached by phone Thursday, DiPietro backtracked on his comments about having suicidal thoughts, saying he was trying to make a joke.

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