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Casey DeSmith out for the rest of the playoffs

The Pittsburgh Penguins’  goaltending situation took a turn Friday when Casey DeSmith had core muscle surgery that morning. Coach Mike Sullivan announced the news, and said DeSmith will be out for the rest of the postseason.

DeSmith, who had what apparently was similar surgery last June after missing the playoffs, was filling in for No. 1 goalie Tristan Jarry in the Penguins’ first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers before he took himself out of Game 1 in the second overtime and limped down the runway toward the locker room at Madison Square Garden.

Sullivan said he had “not really had an opportunity to speak to Casey. It all happened fairly quickly.”

With Jarry still not skating because of what is believed to be a broken foot, the focus will continue to be on 30-year-old Louis Domingue.

Domingue entered cold in Game 1 when DeSmith left and held the fort in the Penguins’ eventual 4-3 triple overtime game — what will forever be known as the spicy pork and broccoli game because Domingue said he ate that during one of the intermissions. Domingue then started Game 2, a 5-2 Rangers win. He no doubt will be in net for Game 3 Saturday when the Rangers visit PPG Paints Arena.

Domingue’s backup is expected to be Alex D’Orio, as he was for Game 2. Those were the two goalies at practice Friday. However, it seems likely that the Penguins will sink or swim with Domingue until or unless Jarry returns given how inexperienced D’Orio is. Domingue has stopped 52 of 57 shots against the Rangers.

“I think he’s excited about the opportunity,” Sullivan said of Domingue. “I think he’s played well to this point. He’s a confident kid, and I think that really helps him in this circumstance.”

Sullivan offered some other injury updates, none dire.

Defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who did not play in Game 2 and did not practice Friday during an optional session, is day to day.

Jarry has not skated but continues to rehab off the ice.

Winger Jason Zucker is again a game-time decision for Game 3. It seemed he would play in Game  2 but did not. He participated in the practice Friday.

Winger Rickard Rakell, who left Game 1 looking woozy after a thunderous hit by New York’s Ryan Lindgren, skated for about 25 minutes before practice Friday. Sullivan called Rakell day to day, which seemed nearly unthinkable for those who saw him after the hit Tuesday.

 

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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Vince Gori
Vince Gori
4 months ago

Too bad for Casey. He really had a lot to overcome with his start this year. When Jarry went down he proved up to the challenge. Wishing him a quick and full recovery.

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
4 months ago

When we were speaking about keeping the Core together for one last ride I didn’t realize that was all about Casey and Zucker.

Uros
Uros
4 months ago

Surely nobody would say that you can win a series, let alone the cup, with Domingue in net and D’Orio as backup. But I very much liked Domingue,’s performance in game 2.he was close to being our best player or he actually was. When you think about it, there were 2 deflections near the net, one freaky bounce off of Matheson on a toss from behind the net and the one where matheson was beat leaving a 1 on 1. Can’t remember the 5th,but there’s hardly any goalie that would’ve stopped any of the 4 mentioned, but he did come… Read more »

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
4 months ago
Reply to  Uros

The problem is our defensive players never clear the front of the net too many are not physical enough so the deflections become easy goals conversely we have guys like Rodriguez and Kapanen shooting hard from 50 feet out right the goalkeeper hoping for a goal what a waste of a shot

charmaine dawso
charmaine dawso
4 months ago

feeling bad for Casey…….he was a star in Game 1 and has been great for the Penguins after his rough start……cannot believe how unlucky this team is with injuries

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

Lou-ie Lou-ie has a .912 save percentage in the series. That probably would have been good enough to beat the Islanders last postseason. As we saw in Game 2, the bigger problem is the support around him.

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Jeff Young
Jeff Young
4 months ago

Also hard to win the Cup with just one line.

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Young

Yes no doubt if this was the last hurrah for the core what a good time at the deadline to so something Rakell was just a minor move a rental goal scoring veteran may have helped the 3RD AND 4 TH line Hextall was unsure what to do so he kept quiet and the future is status quo