Goaltender Tristan Jarry played well last night at Denver. He made 28 saves. The Penguins played solid defense in front of him en route to a 5-2 win.
But Jarry had two clear-cut chances at an empty-net goal and shot wide both times.
Jarry scored in 2018 while playing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the minors. He knows where the net it.
A goalie goal would have been good PR for Jarry.
At that point Jarry isn’t the goalie who gets hurt all the time, or who too often disappoints, or who can’t be given a new contract at the price he wants.
For a little while, anyway, Jarry would be the goalie who scored.
I like goalie goals. Jarry followed the protocol, too: The Penguins were up by two goals, not just one. The risk was minimal.
Bryan Rust got the empty-netter instead. He needed it worse. He hadn’t scored in nine games.
Here’s a video of Jarry hitting the target with the Baby Pens in ’18: