It looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins will have to continue to rely on third-choice goaltender Louis Domingue in their first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers. They lead 2-1 heading into Game 4 Monday night in Pittsburgh.
According to Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Penguins star goaltender Tristan Jarry faced “a few light shots in a controlled environment from goalie coach Andy Chiodo” on Monday. Jarry hasn’t played since April 14 due to a reported right foot injury that DeFabo called a “broken foot”, and DeFabo added that the 27-year-old will need “several” good practices before be able to resume play.
“His return is far from imminent,” DeFabo wrote.
Casey DeSmith was Pittsburgh’s backup until he was lost to injury in the second period of overtime in Game 1 and underwent season-ending core muscle surgery Friday morning. Domingue, who made just two NHL regular-season starts in 2021-22, saved 17 shots off DeSmith in Game 1 but has since allowed nine goals in the last two games. As Tim Benz noted for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Domingue “can’t go side-by-side” and, as a result, was beaten by shots because he “goes too far in his haste”.
Alex D’Orio, recalled from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League last week, is currently Pittsburgh’s backup option at goalie.