PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Pens got shootout goals from Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang for a third straight win, all in extra time as the Pens beat the Rangers 4-3. Pens also got over .500 for the first time into the young season.
Looking for his first win since February 18, Tristan Jarry returned for a third start on the 2021 season and made a few impressive saves including in overtime. Jarry allowed 3 goals on 34 shots and stopped two of the three in the shootout.
“It was just getting back to basics for me,” Jarry said. “I wanted to get better every day in practice and then work on the things to improve my game.”
“He had a great game tonight,” said head coach Mike Sullivan. “He made a lot of timely saves. He was big in the shootout. I thought he responded really well.”
“Tristan works hard every single day,” said forward Jared McCann. “He just plays his game. He’s a guy you can stand in front of and know he will make the big save for us.”
Point for PO
In his first NHL game, 21 year-old defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph had the primary assist on the tying goal with a shot off the board that bounced right to Teddy Blueger at 11:23 of the third period.
“I thought he had a terrific first game in the NHL,” Sullivan said. “He was skating. I thought he made some nice, subtle plays to help us get out of our end. You can see his skating ability. How strong of a skater he is. He’s got a long reach. I thought he defended hard. He played within himself. He kept the game simple.”
“He played really well,” said Kris Letang. “He looked like he played 10 years in the league. He’s so calm and composed.”
Joseph practiced with the NHL roster for the first time since camp on Thursday and recalled from the Taxi Squad before the game Friday.
He spent all of last year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton playing in 52 games with 17 points. Joseph is a 2017 first round pick of the Coyotes, acquired in the Phil Kessel trade.
“It’s been a roller-coaster today,” Joseph said, thankful that his mom was able to attend. “A lot of emotion. I’m happy it’s behind me now.”
Joseph named the third star of the game.
Pens allow 3 goals in 3:01
A rare lead in the second period evaporated over a span of a goal a minute.
First Brian Dumoulin outworked for a puck on the penalty kill, leading to Filip Chytil’s power play goal. The mistake magnified by Jarry not poke-checking, allowing Chytil to play with him wide open in front of the net.
A Sidney Crosby penalty led to a slap shot, power play goal by Adam Fox in traffic to give the Rangers the lead.
Adding to it, after a big shot Phillip DiGiuseppe went off the pad of Jarry, Kaapo Kakko beat John Marino to the spot and an easy tap-in to turn a deficit into a two- goal lead in 3 minutes and a second.
Mike Sullivan would call time-out right after. Probably better we couldn’t read lips due to his mask being on, it’s a PG-13 article.
The Pens had two power play opportunities, scoring on one in the second period.
Those guilty of the penalties for New York were Brendan Lemieux and Kevin Rooney.
Unfortuntealy for the Pens, Joe Nutting is still an amateur at Keene State College and couldn’t help the Pens out Friday night.
Quote of the Day
“I was trying to elicit a certain response.”
Head coach Mike Sullivan said of his message during the time out after allowing those three consecutive goals. What a great way of saying he chewed them out.