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Jarry Had All the Guts and Almost the Glory in Game 7

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Tristan Jarry's iced foot after Game 7 Sunday.

We scribe types have a thing we call a non-answer answer that we sometimes get in response to a question. Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry gave a doozy of an example late Sunday night.

Jarry was asked about playing on an injured right foot after the Penguins’ tough, season-ending 4-3 loss in overtime against Rangers in New York in Game 7 of the teams’ first-round playoff series.

After all, he had been out since April 14 with what is suspected to be a broken bone in that foot.

Here’s the telling non-answer answer: After a pause, Jarry said, “Uh … I was able to play.”

It’s easy to extrapolate that Jarry was far from 100 percent and would not have been deemed ready to play under many other circumstances.

And that the guy gutted out something most likely painful and difficult to make 26 saves and help give the Penguins a chance to extend their season.

There also was visual evidence to suggest that. On his way to and from the interview table postgame, he had that right foot heavily iced and seemed to walk with some pain.

 

The injury left Jarry with some unfinished business. He admittedly – and if he hadn’t admitted it, many others were there to remind him — didn’t play his best a year ago, and that was a large factor in the Penguins’ first-round playoff loss against the New York Islanders.

Penguins winger Jake Guentzel nearly got emotional Sunday night when asked about Jarry.

“It’s just unbelievable,” he said. “The guy’s been through a lot. He’s been a rock all year long. Just to see him out there in Game 7 fighting the way he did, I mean, it’s just unbelievable what that guy does for our team.

“It’s just tough when you can’t get the win for him, just how hard he battled and made a lot of good saves for us.”

Penguins backup goaltender Casey DeSmith started the series, and it seemed to be his net. But in the second overtime of Game 1, he pulled himself out of the game with an injury that later required core muscle surgery.

In stepped third-stringer Louis Domingue, cold and with a heavy meal of spicy pork and broccoli in his belly, as the story goes. Domingue is a journeyman NHL goalie for a reason, and he held things down as best he could.

But when the Penguins missed two shots to clinch the series and headed to New York for Game 7, it was a no-brainer to go with Jarry if he could possibly play.

Even given the obvious physical discomfort, Jarry simply wanted to be involved, to be a good teammate.

He said he wanted to “stand tall in there. … I think that’s something that the guys needed, just someone that could backstop them, someone that could make some saves when they needed.”

So, after being out so long, rehabbing, watching the final six games of the regular season (a stretch that included his 27th birthday), watching the Penguins go up 3-1 in the series, watching as the Rangers came back with two straight wins, Jarry was put in a pressure-packed and yet coveted position of making his return for Game 7.

“I think it’s just being calm and making sure that you’re putting your best foot forward,” he said. “Just being able to play, I was grateful for that, that they trusted me to put me in for that. I wanted to give it my best shot.”

We are fairly confident there was no pun intended, but, man, he said it.

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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Luke
Luke
1 month ago

Gotta give Jarry credit for coming back to play in a game in the series… But the Pens goaltending is a hot mess.. Jarry, DeSmith are fragile and injury prone. They could not carry the load and make it through a playoff series without both being injured. Domingue is a 2nd goalie at best… The Pens need to rebuild and find solid goaltending as a 1st need/step. No more Cups in the ‘burgh until Hextall ( who was a goalie ) gets this issue fixed. You yinzers who will disagree who live in the ‘burgh are too close to the… Read more »

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

It’s time to move Jarry while he has a shred of value. The guy is going on 28 and 0-2 in playoff series with pretty good teams. His numbers were very average this calendar year. Forget the rust factor. His fundamentals in Game 7 were erratic at best. He was so deep in his net on the third goal — he often does this to take away low shots — it would have taken a search party to find him. So what happens in OT? He gives up a goal on a low shot to the near side. Did I… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Amen Casey will also have probably continued problems as well time to get a Stud from somewhere

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

High-danger chances in Game 7: Pens 22, Rangers 6. The difference was goal-tending, brah.

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Dear Paul,
Please watch the games. The OT Goal went through Letang who was pretty much right on top of Jarry. Go find another team to “cheer” for.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

If the shooter hits a top corner, so be it. But a goalie can’t give one up on a low shot to the short side. Just can’t. Jarry is erratic on angles and is off his mark too often.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

The All-Star goalie failed to cover the left post. That was the official end of an era and will forever be his legacy.

MrNails
MrNails
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Hot take gets much love from the crowd.

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
1 month ago

His performance was straight up BALLS. He should be proud of that performance. I’m proud to be a pens fan when I see a player of his character in my team’s colors…

… Embarrassed when I read some of these comments.

Luke
Luke
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike Donnelly

I guess Mike you are A HOMER who is perfectly fine with losing in the 1st round 4 STRAIGHT YEARS…..MEDIOCRITY MIKE !
Just like your football team…..lol

Wasnt
1 month ago

Jarry along with the other Pens gave in all they had. Not sure if he would of lasted another series though.
I’m impressed they did as well as they did…..ya know….”Playing the right way”. Might be time for a new way to play and Barry Trotz is available.

Crosby32746@yahoo.com
Crosby32746@yahoo.com
1 month ago

Thank you Pens for exceeding expectations this season!

Now Fenway Sports Group you are on the clock!

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
1 month ago

Amen

Dave Heyl
Dave Heyl
1 month ago

He was a warrior! Some people who comment probably never played a team sport. A puck off a skate, a screened shot, over 30 days not playing, wake up people he put it on the line when he could have watched! I hope he is around for years to come!
Bravo!

Cal
Cal
1 month ago

Jarry is one of the few untouchables on this team. They would have struggled to make the playoffs without his play this year. That being said, there are very few untouchables left.

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
1 month ago
Reply to  Cal

Amen

DiegoPittFan
DiegoPittFan
1 month ago

I don’t believe the Penguins lost due to goalending. That said, Jarry was not any better than Louis. Three long range goals. On the tying goal he was deep in the net and down way too early. Pens lost due to special teams, especially the PP.

Tut
Tut
1 month ago

Thx for one of the first articles that isn’t a crying fest of how the Pens were done wrong by officiating, helmet rules, etc. Reporting news stories instead of writing opinions is becoming a lost art in journalism.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tut
TIMOTHY HOFFMAANN
TIMOTHY HOFFMAANN
1 month ago

Sullivan should be fired for this move .he put us at a disadvantage and did more harm then good Sullivan did the same thing with Murray over fleury.look how that turned out

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