LOS ANGELES — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tristan Jarry dodged the worst of what could have been a serious injury to the starting goalie.
Jarry immediately left the Penguins’ game Tuesday late in the second period against the Anaheim Ducks after being struck in the head by a puck. His mask had been loosened a moment before when Ducks forward Adam Henrique’s leg or hip made direct contact with Jarry’s head.
Jarry had a gash above his right eye and skated quickly to the locker room and did not return. The Penguins won 2-0.
“All of the testing came back positive. The only challenge is his eye is closed with the swelling,” said coach Mike Sullivan. “So he’s got a little bit of limited vision with his one eye. When that goes down, I think he’ll be good to go. The status right now would be day-to-day. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
The Penguins recalled top goalie prospect Joel Blomqvist from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to backup Thursday night against the LA Kings. Magnus Hellberg will make his first Penguins start after two relief appearances this season.
The Penguins sent winger Vinnie Hinostroza to the WBS Penguins to make salary cap room for Blomqvist, who has started seven of the first 10 WBS games. Blomqvist has a .920 save percentage and an impressive 1.91 goals-against-average.
The Penguins face the LA Kings at Crypto.com Arena in the final game of their three-game west coast trip.