PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Tristan Jarry started in net both Friday and Saturday night, guiding the Penguins to back-to-back victories over the Buffalo Sabres.
Jarry earned his first career shutout Friday night in Buffalo, saving 34 shots in a 4-0 Penguin victory.
The Pens returned home to host the Sabres Saturday night and head coach Mike Sullivan had no doubt in putting Jarry back in net for the second time in as many nights.
“I was not hesitant at all,” he said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for Tristan, while Matt’s recovering, to get in the net and to give this team a chance to win by making the timely saves that he makes for us.”
Jarry did just that again Saturday night, making 32 saves in the Pens 5-1 over the Sabres at PPG Paints Arena.
Jarry is reveling in the challenge of filling in for Murray.
“I was excited with the challenge. It’s not something that happens too often on the NHL level,” he said. “They wanted to see if I could do it and I was up for the challenge.”
The goaltending on the second of back-to-back games has been an issue this season for the Penguins, but Jarry looks to have solved that problem, at least for now.
Jarry will get a chance to continue to prove his value to the Pens while Matt Murray is out for at least a couple more weeks with a knee injury.
Tristan came into the season expecting to spend most of it in Wilkes-Barre with the baby Penguins, but the need for a backup goalie became apparent when Antti Niemi was placed on waivers in October.
The weekend also saw the return of Evgeni Malkin, who missed four games with an upper body injury. Malkin recorded one goal and two assists in the two wins over the Sabres.
The Penguins stay at home, hosting the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena.