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Jarry's likely the man, as DeSmith recalled from Wilkes-Barre

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With four games under his belt this season, and five total in his two-year career with the Penguins, goalie Tristan Jarry will be Pittsburgh's starter for the foreseeable future, replacing the injured Matt Murray.

General Manager Jim Rutherford announced Monday afternoon that Casey DeSmith will be recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to backup likely-starter Tristan Jarry for the time being.  Both have moved up the depth chart due to last night's injury to Matt Murray.

 

According to tweets from Bob McKenzie of TSN, Murray is likely to be out "in the two-to-four week range" with an unspecified lower-body injury.

 

If the reports on Murray are accurate, in the starter's stead will be Jarry, who saved eight of 10 shots in last night's 5-4 overtime win over Philadelphia, when the backup was forced to come in for Murray with 4:21 left in the second period, when Flyers' forward Jakub Voracek collided with the netminder.

 

Jarry earned his first career win as a starter in the Pens' 5-2 win over Tampa Bay last Saturday.

 

"I'm a little bit more relaxed now that I got that one out of the way," said Jarry last night of grabbing his first career win, followed up by preserving last night's win over Philadelphia.  "I just want to play my game."

 

"I think every day I want to earn their trust a little more," continued Jarry on earning the trust of his teammates through the transitioning process.  "It starts in practice, and it starts in getting into games and showing them what I can do.  I try really hard every game, and I want to do the best that I can do, and take away as much as I can from every game."

 

Mike Sullivan made his confidence clear in Jarry during last night's press conference.

 

“We believe he’s a solid goalie,” Sullivan said of his goalie who currently sports a .907 save percentage in four games played this year.  “The game he played against Tampa is a perfect example of what he’s capable of.  If that becomes the scenario, then Tristan is going to have to make timely saves for us game in and game out, and we think he can do that.”

 

The 26-year-old DeSmith, who stands with a 9-2-1 record, a 2.29 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage in 12 AHL appearances this year will hold the fort on the depth chart for the time being.

 

"Since he's played his first game, we've seen what kind of goaltender we've got," said a confident Kris Letang when asked about Jarry standing net for the forseeable future.  "We're totally comfortable."

 

Jarry will likely get his second starting opportunity Friday night in Buffalo, where the Pens face the Sabres.

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