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Penguins Injury Update: Jarry Returns to the Ice; Rakell Continues to Work



Pittsburgh Penguins, Tristan Jarry

Some good news may have arrived for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday morning. Starting goalie Tristan Jarry skated for the first time since suffering a suspected broken foot on April 14.

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Jarry didn’t face shots but worked on movements with goalie coach Andy Chiodo an hour before the Penguins’ optional morning skate, ahead of Game 3 against the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

“I think it’s significant when a player takes the next step,” Sullivan said, but he refused to speculate or offer a timetable of what comes next. “We’re real encouraged that he got on the ice and we’ll take it from there.”

Penguins third goalie Louis Domingue will start for the Penguins in Game 3 at PPG Paints Arena. Alex D’Orio will serve as the backup after Casey DeSmith underwent core-muscle surgery on Friday and is out for the season.

Domingue started two regular-season games for the Penguins and posted a .952 save percentage at the NHL level, including a 40-save win over the San Jose Sharks.

Domingue entered Game 1 in double overtime and stopped all 17 shots he faced for the win.

D’Orio, 23, has appeared in more ECHL games (53) than AHL (34). D’Orio was the only available goalie in the Penguins system who has played a professional game.

Winger Rickard Rakell was also on the ice ahead of the Penguins’ morning skate. Rakell worked out with skills coach Ty Hennes for the second day in a row.

He was injured in the first period of Game 1 when he absorbed a high, hard hit from New York defenseman Ryan Lindgren. Rakell had to be helped off the ice by Sidney Crosby and Mike Matheson. He appeared to be dazed.

Rakell, 29, had 13 points (4-9-13) in 19 games after the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired him from the Anaheim Ducks at the NHL trade deadline. Rakell began the series on the second line with Evgeni Malkin.

Jason Zucker was not part of the early morning skate. He is nearing a return to the lineup and was a game-time decision on Thursday before not being ready to play.

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15 days ago

You know, the saying, “Well, that’s hockey!”, isn’t cutting it for me anymore with regard to these dangerous, late high hits the likes of which Rakell is recovering from now. Lindgren should be paying for this somehow. How about Lindgren doesn’t play until Rakell does? Extreme? Yes. But it would make these guys think before they acted.

14 days ago
Reply to  Wesley116

Actually, I think that is a great a idea. Imagine if Tom Wilson had to play with that in mind. Next time he breaks a players JAW with a high hit, he has to sit in the press box until the player he injured is back as well. I think that is absolutely fair. Depending on how a player is injured on a particular play,of course. It would have to be an unnecessary, illegal, or just clearly dangerous hit. But if a player is injured from a clean hit, then that’s just tough luck. Can’t see the league adopting anything… Read more »

14 days ago
Reply to  Wesley116

Agree. I’ve often thought that a players suspension could be parallel to the length of the injured person the infraction was on.

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SD Pens Fan
15 days ago

It’s time to bid DeSmith farewell. Sometimes the best ability is availability and this is the 2nd post season that DeSmith is unavailable.

The Penguins need to sit down with MAF and see what works for both sides to get him back where he belongs next season and the rest of his career.

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