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Resilient Jarry backstops Penguins to Game 2 victory. Enjoy last night’s win with a fresh Pens Points on this Wednesday morning.

New York Islanders v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Two Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

Two days after being labeled the goat in a Game 1 loss, Tristan Jarry redeemed himself with a stellar Game 2 performance to make goals from Bryan Rust and Jeff Carter hold up in a 2-1 Pittsburgh Penguins victory over the New York Islanders, drawing their series level heading to New York. Semyon Varlamov returned to the net for the Islanders and nearly stole the show but Jarry was just one save better and the Penguins bounced back in another tight contest. [Pensburgh]

Wednesday skates in with a new Pens Points in tow...

Evgeni Malkin and Brian Dumoulin were both listed as game time decisions by head coach Mike Sullivan but only the latter dressed in Game 2. Malkin did skate at practice earlier in the day but remained out of the lineup once the puck dropped. [Trib Live]

With the AHL season coming to a close over the weekend, the Penguins took the opportunity to recall some players from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Among the callups are Anthony Angello, Drew O’Connor, Kasper Bjorkqvist, and Pierre-Olivier Joseph. [Penguins]

There was no question the Penguins were going back to Tristan Jarry in Game 2, but it’s not like they had much of a choice in the matter. Backup Casey DeSmith remained sidelined with an injury leaving Jarry as the only playoff tested option. [Trib Live]

After losing Game 1 in heartbreaking fashion, nightmares of 2019 started to creep in for many. While that series was only two years ago, much has changed and Sidney Crosby doesn’t plan on letting a repeat happen this time around. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Sidney Crosby already has a careers worth of trophies in his cabinet but he could add to that collection this summer. Hopefully that involves another Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe, but it could also be the King Clancy Trophy for his humanitarianism. [Pensburgh]

Besides the goaltending on Sunday, the Penguins one other major area of struggle was their entire play in the third period. With chances to put the Islanders away, the Penguins let them slip by and it cost them an early series lead. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

While arenas are progressively getting more full in the United States, the same cannot be said for our friends north of the border. There is a lot of playoff hockey left to be played, but it looks like no fans will be in attendance for any games hosted in Canada. [Sportsnet]

As the Detroit Red Wings continue their years long rebuild, they will do so with head coach Jeff Blashill remaining behind the bench. Just having completed his fifth season in charge, Blashill will be tasked with making the Red Wings a contender once again. [ESPN]