PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Casey DeSmit was brilliant in a 39-save shutout win over the Arizona Coyotes, including several key saves late in the second period which preserved the Penguins tenuous lead.
DeSmith helped the Penguins end a five-game losing streak and raised his save percentage to an eye-popping .941. In six starts and three relief appearances, DeSmith is 3-1-2.
Q: How did you feel when Coach Sullivan said you would get a chance?
DeSmith: Yeah that always feels good you know to get a vote of confidence like that where you kind of get a chance right away to bounce back and be there for the guys. I just I know everybody played so well the game, you giving up one in the last minute like that (in Washington) was just heartbreaking for everybody especially me. So. You know tonight felt good for that reason to be able to come back one week after that. [00:00:25][25.2]
Q: Nice to come back soon after that one?
DeSmith: Yeah absolutely.
Q: When did you know you would start?
DeSmith: I think I found out this morning.
Q: Just how good are you feeling about your game?. I know the feeling you’re just locked in from a side play really aggressive play really confident. I mean just where’s your head?
DeSmith: Experience and game time will do that. As long as I keep playing well and keep playing my game and get some results. Confidence keeps building and you know that’s confidence is good for any hockey player. So I just happen to have some now. [00:00:55][12.9]
Q: Can you walk us through that sequence in the second. It’s two-nothing. A quick turnover in your zone. He’s in an all alone.
DeSmith: The one where I slid across? YEAH THAT WAS UH I was kind of fortunate. He kind of put it right back in my glove on that one. So yeah it takes a little bit of luck sometimes.
Q: You talked about how much that loss in Washington stings. How much is the polar opposite?
DeSmith: Yeah definitely. It’s uh you know it’s the same in when that everybody wanted and everybody knew to kind of feel good and you know turn the ship around a little bit and I think it’s one of those scenarios that once you got one win and start to feel good about ourselves. Hopefully, things will carry on from there. [00:01:22][0.0]