Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Confidence in Young Goalies Persists as They Are Put to Test

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Confidence in Young Goalies Persists as They Are Put to Test

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At every step so far this season, the Penguins have expressed confidence in their young goaltending depth.

They jettisoned Antti Niemi after a few disastrous starts early in the season and - up through and at the trade deadline Monday - opted not to supplement the rookie tandem of Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith

Even now, as both goalies have struggled while Matt Murray is out with a concussion, the Penguins remain resolute that Jarry and DeSmith have what it takes to serve as Murray's insurance heading down the stretch into the postseason.

It's unclear when Murray will return - he skated on his own again Saturday, but did not take shots - but until then, the Penguins might well go as Jarry and DeSmith go.

Jarry got the nod Saturday against the New York Islanders, but both almost certainly will see action until Murray comes back.

They will be big minutes, too, as the Penguins look to bounce back into form and regain a higher spot in the Metropolitan Division standings.

"I think it's a learning experience for all of us, our young goaltenders included," coach Mike Sullivan said. "I think this is a hard league, it's hard to win. There's a fine line between winning and losing, and you have to be at your best each and every game to give yourself a chance to win. I don't think there's ever not an opportunity to learn and get better from it."

Simon called up

The Penguins called upDominik Simon Friday from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and he returned to the lineup Saturday against the Islanders, skating on the Penguins third line with Derick Brassard and Phil Kessel.

The Penguins are high on Simon's NHL potential, but Sullivan said he still has some areas of his game to improve before he can become a mainstay in the lineup.

"I think Dominik's game, offensively, is evident," Sullivan said. "I think everybody can see the ability to make plays, his offensive instincts, his ability to play in tight space. …

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