The Rangers will see more of Louis Domingue — the Penguins’ third goalie — when their tied first-round playoff series moves to Pittsburgh for Game 3 on Saturday.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan announced Friday that backup goaltender Casey DeSmith will miss the remainder of the postseason after undergoing core muscle surgery this morning. DeSmith abandoned Pittsburgh’s treble in overtime in Game 1 during the second extra session. Goalkeeper Tristan Jarry has been out since mid-April with a broken foot.
“I didn’t even really get a chance to speak to Casey at that point. It all happened pretty quickly,” Sullivan told reporters after Friday’s practice at the PPG Paints Arena. “I think Domingue is really excited. I think he’s excited about the opportunity.
“I think he’s played well so far. As you know he’s a confident kid and I think that really helps him in this situation. But I think he’s really excited about the opportunity that’s in front of him.”
The 30-year-old Domingue appeared in just two games in the regular season, but he replaced DeSmith and made 17 saves in the series opener before Evgeni Malkin notched the game-winner in the triple-OT. Domingue then allowed five goals from 40 shots in Rangers’ 5-2 win in Game 2 at the Garden.
The Penguins trailed behind in the third half before goals from Artemi Panarin – a bank shot behind the net – and Frank Vatrano gave them the final lead.
“I thought [Domingue] was solid,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby after Game 2. “I think he made some great saves, especially when there was a goal or two difference that kept us going. … Look at the fourth, it was a bad jump.
“He did a damn good job. He goes there and gives us a chance. Would have been nice to give him some help there and tie it up and see what happened. But he was great.”
Sullivan said Jarry is from day to day, but the all-star netminder did not attend optional practice in Pittsburgh on Friday. Alex D’Orio, who has never appeared in an NHL game, was recalled by AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton to assist Domingue in Game 2.
DeSmith also missed the Penguins’ only playoff series last year, a first-round loss to the Islanders, with a groin injury. He underwent similar surgery to repair a bilateral core muscle injury last June.
Forward Jason Zucker (lower body injury) skated Friday and will be a game decider, Sullivan said. Forward Rickard Rakell (above) and defender Brian Dumoulin (below) stay put day in and day out.
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