The Pittsburgh Penguins are facing a ton of pressure, on the brink of potentially getting bounced out of the playoffs in the first round, and they’re putting their faith in a young goalie with no postseason experience whatsoever.
Matt Murray has been huge for the team between the pipes over the past few years, but let’s be honest, he’s been awful — by his standards — in this go-around. He’s given up three or more goals in two of his last three starts, and that’s resulted in Mike Sullivan benching him.
Instead, the team will turn to young Tristan Jarry, who will be making his playoff debut, for Friday’s pivotal Game 4 against the Canadiens. A loss would eliminate the Penguins, and they’re putting a lot of faith in a guy who hasn’t played since March 8 — a game the team won, 6-2, against the Hurricanes.
Sullivan is confident that Jarry can give the team what it needs, though.
“He’s much more mature in his daily approach every day,” Sullivan said, via NBC Sports. “His work habits in practice have been terrific all year and consistent. I think those types of habits transfer to a game environment. Tristan deserves a lot of credit for how hard he’s worked on his game and where he’s at today. He’s a real good goalie.”
It will be interesting to see how Jarry fares in net. If he can limit the Habs to two goals or less, the Penguins will likely win, forcing a Game 5, as we expect a big effort from the team’s offense on Friday.