Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry was not at practice Sunday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Backup Casey DeSmith and a reserve goalie participated.
It was an optional practice, with 12 skaters participating. Still, it is somewhat unusual for both goalies to skip an optional. However, coach Mike Sullivan said afterward that Jarry is fine. Jarry was out on the ice without pads about a half hour before practice testing out some skates but did not come back out for the workout.
The reason it could have been concerning is that Jarry got rattled Saturday night in the second period when Penguins defenseman Jeff Petry pushed Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn, and Killorn crashed into Jarry. Jarry lay sprawled next to the net for a moment, his stick knocked behind the net, but play did not stop. Jarry got back into the crease and made at least one save without his stick before the next whistle..
Meanwhile, injured center Teddy Blueger was on the ice in what appeared to be a full-contact jersey. Sullivan, while saying Blueger’s status has not changed, said that Blueger will not join the team for its trip to Montreal. The Penguins left after practice and play the Canadiens on Monday night. Blueger got hurt during training camp and has missed the Penguins’ first two games.