SECOND STAR – TRISTAN JARRY, G, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Jarry stopped all 61 shots he faced across two appearances, compiling a 2-0-0 record and two shutouts to help the Penguins (17-9-4, 38 points) earn three wins and move into the first Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. Jarry made 28 saves for his third career shutout in a 3-0 triumph over the St. Louis Blues Dec. 4. He then turned aside all 33 shots against in a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes Dec. 6, extending his personal shutout streak to 144:51 (dating to Nov. 29) – the longest by a Pittsburgh goaltender in the regular season since Marc-Andre Fleury’s 165:06 run from Feb. 1-11, 2015. The 24-year-old Surrey, B.C., native has played in 11 total games this season, going 7-4-0 with a 1.82 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and two shutouts.
The timing of this run of Jarry’s play coming at a time when Matt Murray’s play has been sub-par couldn’t be any more needed by the Penguins, especially considering the injury front.