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NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins in unlikely, unfortunate goaltending situation

The Pittsburgh Penguins call-up a 20 year old goalie with no NHL experience on the eve of the NHL playoffs due to an injury to backup Matt Murray yesterday. Starter Marc-Andre Fleury remains out with a concussion, but could that change soono?

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The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled rookie goaltender Tristan Jarry for the first time, on the eve of the playoffs, in the wake of the apparent head injury suffered yesterday by Matt Murray. From the team:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Tom Sestito and goaltender Tristan Jarry from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.


Jarry, 20, helped the WBS Penguins wrap up an AHL-best 14th-straight playoff berth, going 17-13-3 with a 2.69 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and five shutouts in 33 games.

Jarry, who was the Penguins’ top draft pick in 2013 (2nd round; 44th overall), ranks fourth in the AHL and first among rookies with five shutouts. His 17 wins are third most among AHL rookies.

The Pens are now left with Jarry and Jeff Zatkoff as their goalies, which isn't very reassuring since the next game is a playoff game. Zatkoff played yesterday for the first time since February 20th.

However, the return of Marc-Andre Fleury (out since March 31st with a concussion) could be coming soon. Sullivan told reporters on Friday afternoon it was possible, though not probable, that Fleury would play in yesterday's game. That obviously didn't happen, but trending with earlier Sullivan's comments on Fleury's heath in recent days.

The playoffs begin on Wednesday, but it's possible the Pens first game might not be until Thursday. With any luck, hopefully Pittsburgh will start them with a healthy franchise goalie.