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Sullivan: Jarry Makes ‘Big Jump’ Toward Returning

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry

 

NEW YORKTristan Jarry won’t be in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup when they try to close out their opening-round playoff series against the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden, but he’s moving in that direction.

Perhaps faster than some expected.

He had an on-ice workout with goalie coach Andy Chiodo and skills coach Ty Hennes before the team’s optional game-day skate this morning, then stayed on the ice for the optional.

His session before the skate included Jarry taking shots from Chiodo and Hennes. And while most were not quite of the velocity that Jarry would face during games, they were significantly more challenging that the ones Chiodo threw at him during his first on-ice workout earlier this week.

“(Jarry) had his longest workout,” Mike Sullivan said. “I think he made a big jump today, just as far as his progression in his return to play.”

Jarry, who is recovering from a broken bone in his foot, has not played in the series against the Rangers, which resumes at 7 p.m. with Game 5.

The Penguins have a 3-1 lead and could claim a spot in Round 2 with a victory this evening.

Jarry began his solo session by working on stopping pucks behind the net and moving laterally in the crease to track passes between Chiodo and Hennes.

Later in his workout, he faced shots from Hennes from the left faceoff dot and Chiodo from the slot. Eventually, Hennes collected pucks at the points and skated toward the net before getting off shots with considerable velocity.

Jarry’s session today played out with several members of the team’s medical staff looking on from the Penguins’ bench.

At one point late in his workout, Jarry skated to the bench with his mask raised and smiled broadly during a conversation with the Penguins personnel looking on.

Louis Domingue, who stepped in for Casey DeSmith during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ triple-overtime victory in Game 1, is expected to be back in goal this evening, with Alex D’Orio as his backup.

DeSmith, of course, underwent core-muscle surgery last week and will not play again this season.

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Pete
Pete
6 months ago

Cant even imagine the level of his frustration!

Brandon O
Brandon O
6 months ago

This is shaping up to be a hell of a story. I can see it now… First the team rallies around Domingue and everyone steps up to play great team defense. That level of play continues when Jarry comes back and instills even more confidence. Jarry looks refreshed and plays lights out, Crosby in god-mode, Malkin catches fire, Rakell returns and scores some clutch goals, and we have the makings of a cup run. One thing I haven’t read much of lately is who comes out when Rakell comes back? Its hard to make a case for anyone to sit.… Read more »

Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
6 months ago

If you score on Igor first, return the glove chirp favor back in his face, see how he handles it, hyuk.

David
David
6 months ago

We need Jarry back sooner rather than later. Domingue has hung in there — but he has been average. The fact that the Pens have scored 20 goals in 4 games has insulated him. Domingue is a 30 year old, who has played for 6 different teams — and is the Pens 3rd stringer — there is a reason for that. Here is hoping that we don’t see the reason in the form of a meltdown. If the Pens can win tonight it will give them extra days rest and hopefully that is what Jarry needs.