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Inside Dirt: Jarry Wants to Play; Sullivan’s Huge Decision for Game 7

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Tristan Jarry wanted the Pittsburgh Penguins net in Game 6. But it’s not that simple, and it’s not so simple to simply assert that Jarry should play in Game 7. Just ask head coach Mike Sullivan.

The “Domingue Dynasty” crumbled on Friday night in Game 6 after goalie Louis Domingue allowed a pair of soft goals to the New York Rangers, including the decider later in the third period. The Penguins had a significant advantage in nearly every facet, except for special teams. The Penguins out-chanced the New York Rangers. They outhit them. And they outscored them at even strength.

What the Penguins didn’t do was prevent a couple of stoppable, long-range goals. Mika Zbinejad got the first softie, and after some scoring changes, official scorers correctly determined that Zbinejad did not deflect the second soft goal and gave Chris Kreider credit.

Domingue should have seen both shots.

The Penguins goalie has given up eight goals over the last two games, and not all have been stellar.

Here’s where Sullivan has a difficult decision. No. 1 goalie Tristan Jarry feels he is ready and wants to play. He badly wants to play. A source told PHN that Jarry wanted to play Game 6 before Sullivan and the team ruled him out.

“We’ve had all kinds of those conversations behind the scenes. And when Tristan is ready to play, and everybody feels comfortable that he’s ready to play, then certainly we’ll put him in the lineup,” Sullivan said Friday morning. “We’ve had all those conversations behind the scenes with our medical staff and our coaching staff. We’re trying to put players in positions to be successful.”

Jarry has not played since likely suffering a broken foot or similar injury against the New York Islanders on April 14. That’s a long layoff without facing live game action. Jarry faced teammates’ shots for the first time since the injury on Friday morning at the morning skate.

He wasn’t necessarily in full game mode.

 

With another subpar performance on Friday night, Domingue’s GAA is 3.65, and his save percentage is under .900 (.898) in the series.

Dan’s Analysis:

Since Jarry was a full participant at the morning skate on Friday, expect him to take hard reps in practice on Saturday. The Penguins may have only two reasons to practice on Saturday: the penalty kill and shooting pucks at Jarry.

Before the team shuffles off to New York, the Saturday practice can and should determine who plays on Sunday. It will be a pressure-packed situation Sunday at 7 p.m. Neither Jarry nor Domingue has faced a Game 7, but Jarry was dropped into Game 4 of the best-of-five Qualifying Round series against the Montreal Canadien in the 2020 playoffs. Matt Murray was ineffective, and the Penguins faced elimination.

Jarry was very good, but Carey Price outdueled him in a 2-0 loss.

Jarry was not good in the 2021 NHL playoffs. He posted a meager .888 save percentage in a six-game loss to the New York Islanders. After being defended by GM Ron Hextall and President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke last summer, Jarry has been on a collision course with his chance of redemption all season.

He made the All-Star game after carrying the Penguins in the first half of the season while Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were out with injuries.

Jarry is rusty, and Domingue is leaking.

Not exactly a great choice, but it is Sullivan’s to make.

“(Jarry) looked good to me. I don’t know. I’m not a coach. I’m not making the decision,” defenseman Kris Letang said after Game 6.

The bet here is that pending a hard workout on Saturday, coaches and doctors will usher the goalie out of the room and discuss.

Tristan Jarry plays Game 7, if at all possible.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi
6 months ago

Have to go Jarry-you already know what your getting with LD, essentially you are spotting NY 4 goals with him. If they play the same way with Jarry in net, i feel they will be fine. You cant go through the off-season thinking you shouldn of played if you lose game 7 in NY.

Last edited 6 months ago by Rich Filardi
MrNails
MrNails
6 months ago
Reply to  Rich Filardi

Yep. Without the almost guaranteed scoring that Crosby brings to offset LD in goal, we’re in trouble.

SAQ
SAQ
6 months ago
Reply to  MrNails

Guaranteed, I doubt that very much. He had 2 and 1 was in a loss

Rob
Rob
6 months ago

Is Ken Wregget still around?

JoesaysBruinfansrdbgs
JoesaysBruinfansrdbgs
6 months ago

.I d rather Give a block of swiss cheese the start rather then louie. Atleast the block has less holes.and won t fall on its ass after every shot.

mstar80
mstar80
6 months ago

Another option is putting a shooter tutor in the net. I’d rather lose with Jarry in the net than LD. Jarry at 70% or whatever he is gives us a better chance to win especially since Sid won’t play.

SAQ
SAQ
6 months ago

That’s some great writing by you…smh..soft goals? They were cannon shots. Written like a true homer, the winner was a bad one, but Kreider drives a rocket right through Mr. spicy pork and broccoli. I read articles from many sources and no one’s feelings are as hurt as yours. You’re no better than the fan base you write for, you’re supposed to be a professional journalist, but really just a upset fan and hack.

David
David
6 months ago

Jarry should have been in for Game 6 — that would have primed him for Game 7 should the Pens have lost Game 6. But now they have to put him into Game 7 without live action for weeks. If his foot can go Sunday, it surely could have gone Friday.

David
David
6 months ago

Domingue helped win Game 1. But since then he has given up 5-4-2-4-4. He is a 30 year old, 3rd string goalie, who has played for 6 different teams. That is exactly what the Pens got. And IMO he played like it in Game 6 for sure.

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Mary Lurwick
Mary Lurwick
6 months ago

Four weeks from Jarry’s injury, his foot should be healed, it may hurt but if we want to win we need to give him the chance, it’s our last one.
LGP!

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Djd
Djd
6 months ago

So Sullivan nixed Jarry starting Friday…another poor coaching decision…they’ve been flagrant all season and playoffs. Just read Letang’s comment here, seems like the players have noticed too.

JohnMarzina
6 months ago

Don`t put Jarry on the ice today game

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