This is what back-to-back shutouts can get a goaltender: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Tristan Jarry on Monday was named the NHL’s No. 2 star of the week.
“It’s exciting. It’s something that you don’t really get very often, but it’s nice to be recognized for it,” Jarry said after practice Monday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. “It’s just something that you have to keep working.”
Jarry made 28 saves Wednesday in a 3-0 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues and 33 saves Friday in a 2-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes, both at home. He has a personal shutout streak of 144:51.
“It’s a little bit of motivation to keep pushing yourself,” he said of the weekly honor. “It’s something that you see as something that rewards you for your hard work, I guess. It helps me as motivation to keep working.”
Jarry, the backup who has lately supplanted Matt Murray in playing time, leads the league in goals-against average, 1.81, and save percentage, .943.
He said his teammates have contributed to his numbers by the way they are playing in front of him.
“They’re doing awesome,” he said. “They’re boxing out and letting me see shots. That’s the easy part for me, just to make sure I’m getting in front of it, and they’re doing a great job with rebounds for me.”
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